Co-driver salutes Lown­des’ legacy

Sunday Tasmanian - - SPORT - JAMIE PANDARAM

AS Craig Lown­des en­ters his 25th and fi­nal full-time Bathurst 1000 race, team­mate Steven Richards says the six­time cham­pion will de­part hav­ing de­fined the sport.

Lown­des, 44, will start from ninth po­si­tion at Mount Panorama to­day and a crowd of 200,000 will bid him farewell.

“Su­per­cars to­day wouldn’t be where it is with­out Craig Lown­des,” co-driver Richards said. “Be­cause the re­al­ity is he’s got so much time for peo­ple out­side the car that he’s re­ally brought a lot of new fans to the sport.

“Some driv­ers can’t cope with the at­ten­tion out­side the car as well as be­ing able to drive the car quickly. “That’s the big­gest thing. “He gets in the car [on Fri­day] with a lot of lit­tle is­sues go­ing on within our team en­vi­ron­ment with power steer­ing, and he’s jumped in and put it in the top 10.

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