Craig Lowndes announces retirement

Craig Lowndes waves on the podium.

Australian Supercars legend Craig Lowndes OAM has announced he will retire from full-time racing at the end of the 2018 Supercars season.

Speaking at the Townsville 400, the Triple Eight racer retires with 652 Supercars starts, 106 victories, six Bathurst crowns, three championships and five Sandown wins under his belt.

“I’ve always said there are two key factors keeping me racing and those are my motivation to keep getting up and doing what I love and my competitiveness, and for me, nothing has changed,” Lowndes said.

“But at the same time, I want to make sure I finish my last full-time season with some strong results in the bag and after this year’s results so far Roland (Dane) and I came to the decision between us that this will be my last full season behind the wheel.

“I feel extremely lucky to have been able to keep doing what I love at a competitive level for such a long time.

“I have to thank my family and friends, the whole team at Triple Eight and KRE, Supercars, my personal and team sponsors and of course the fans for supporting me throughout.

“Ultimately, the fans are the backbone of our great sport and the reason I’ve pulled my helmet on every race weekend, so to them, thank you.”

Lowndes has competed in every Supercars race at the Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit since 1997 and was an ambassador for the inaugural Coates Hire Supercars Melbourne 400 held in March.

Australian Grand Prix Corporation, General Manager – Motorsport, Entertainment and Industry, Craig Fletcher, said Lowndes will retire from the sport with an incredible legacy. 

“Craig Lowndes is and will continue to be an inspirational role model for young drivers. He has made a significant contribution to Australian motorsport and his rapport with the fans is second to none,” Fletcher said.

“Lowndes will forever be part of the Australian Grand Prix Corporation family and we look forward to hopefully seeing him back in the Paddock for years to come.”

Lowndes will race for the final time as a lead driver at the Coates Hire Newcastle 500 in New South Wales on 23-25 November.

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