Break over, it’s time to get tough
IT’S getting towards the end of our nine-week, mid-season break and I’ve got to say it’s getting frustrating. I just want to get back in the car and driving again.
It’s been the biggest break I think we’ve ever had; even longer than Christmas. I’ve been able to do stuff around the farm and finalise a lot of things, but I’ve been getting frustrated.
Right now I’m in Europe to see the Belgian F1 at Spa this weekend. Well, not quite.
I’ll get to see the qualifying, but then I have to hop back on the plane on Saturday night and fly home so I can be ready for our test day on Tuesday at Queensland Raceway.
I’ve been concentrating on my fitness in preparation for the tough enduro rounds at Phillip Island and Bathurst. And for me there is the added challenge of the nine-day Australasian Safari in between them.
As most readers would know, a couple of weeks ago I had my first test in the Holden Colorado I’ll be sharing with Kees Weel in the Safari. It didn’t turn out the best with me rolling it halfway through the day.
Anyway, the Colorado is just about back together again and we plan for a final test at Albury on the Monday before Phillip Island.
Then I head home for a few days, before flying to Perth for the Safari, so there really isn’t a lot of preparation.
However, Kees and I are still pretty confident. He and the car are veterans in this sort of racing.
I know a lot of V8 drivers have been taking advantage of this long break to holiday overseas.
I’ve been able to keep up with everything they are doing because 19 out of the 29 drivers have a Twitter account and are quite active on it.
Nat and I use my Twitter and Facebook accounts to keep our fans updated on what we’re doing.
If anyone wants to follow what’s happening in my life on the farm and at the track, they can go to twitter.com/craiglowndes888
There have been a couple of things that have happened in V8 Supercars recently I would like to comment on.
The first is the strengthening rumours that we will race a nonchampionship round in Singapore next year as a support act to the F1.
For V8s to be showcased beside F1 again would be a great opportunity. It’s also a brand new track which should be interesting.
It will certainly be a better timeslot for the fans back home than the Middle East rounds. The Middle East is great in some aspects, such as coverage in Europe, but back here in Australia it’s poor.
The timing is all wrong and some fans hear about the results on the net or phone before they see it on the TV. Singapore would be a lot better.
The other great news is that the Perth round has been saved for next year. It’s a great city and we enjoy going there, so it was pretty sad we missed out this year.
Triple 8 still went over to fulfil our sponsor requirements and the fans showed us just how much they love the sport. There is a great support base for V8 Supercars over there.
I’m also delighted that the deal includes the government spending millions of dollars on permanent motoring facilities rather than another temporary street circuit.
Ready for a challenge: Craig Lowndes in the Holden Colorado he’ll share with Kees Weel in the Australasian Safari.