Lowndes plans exit
THE chequered flag will drop on one of Australia’s greatest motor racing careers at the end of next year with Craig Lowndes revealing he will retire as a full-time driver.
Lowndes, 43, said he would become an endurance round driver in 2020.
The Holden immortal revealed his retirement plan when asked about the prospect of extending his race-start record to 700.
“I didn’t think I would have had a career as long as this,” said Lowndes, whose contract with Triple Eight Race Engineering expires at the end of 2019.
“And I didn’t ever think I would achieve a number like that. But hopefully I get this year and next year (as a fulltime driver) and then we might get to 700.”
The three-time champion will become the first driver to reach 650 race starts at the Winton SuperSprint in Victoria, from Friday.
Debuting with the Holden Racing Team in 1996 when he was 22, Lowndes will end his championship career on 698 races should he contest every race until the end of next year.