The quiet life of racing car driver Craig Lowndes
At home with There’s more than one way to keep this champion’s engine running
As the professional race car set get ready to burn rubber at the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 next Thursday, October 5, Holden V8 Commodore champion Craig Lowndes will be lined up among them hoping to claim the chequered flag.
He has already held the champion’s trophy aloft on six other occasions, but his hunger to win this iconic Australian race has not abated.
Together with wife Lara, Craig has prepared for the race by driving in a caravan from their home in Queensland a week prior, staying in coastal towns along the way.
“We do it every year, and it’s about taking a mental break a week before that race as much as anything else,” says Craig. “We do travel far and wide, but I know the east coast well.
“We take the push bikes with us so when we get out and take in the fresh air and sights we can explore different towns along the he way.”way.
With about 15 race weeks during the e year, Craig relishes his time at home, which is set on about 3ha. His home is close to race team am headquarters and the airport, which is handy as he is required to attend more than 20000 functions nationally during the year. Craig explains being home is “like a holiday”,”, where he can jump on his dirt bike or take out the go-kart.
“My job is awesome, but we do travel a lot,” he says. “People ask me what I do for down time, and I tell them, ‘I spend it at home’.”
That’s not to say he kicks back on the lounge much when he is home.
“I’m a qualified mechanic, so if I am not behind the wheel I’m under the bonnet.”
Who V8 Supercar champion driver Craig Lowndes Where Brisbane
Favourite thing I bought this car (Ford Cortina Mk I, 1966 model) when I was 17. It spent about 10 years in a Ford museum in Geelong. When the museum was closed the cars went back to their owners. I registered it for the road, but it’s a pretty bare-boned car with no luxury. And it drives like an old car Home is For me, being at home is a holiday
trophy We’ve won the Bathurst race six times. This is the current one. That’s the Holy Grail for me. If you want to win one race, it’s that one.
Dirt bike Anything with a motor is good with me. I use the dirt bike as part of my fitness training, I don’t really like going to the gym so I have to think outside the box.
Barry Sheene medal This medal is given for best and fairest. I have been lucky to win five of them, and they mean a lot to me because they are voted for by my peers and officials.
Lola She’s a great little rescue dog and we debated for almost two years before if we should get one. We travel so much that we had to get the right dog to suit our lifestyle.
Helmet I have kept all the helmets that I’ve worn for the last 15 years, I have put the kids’ faces on the back of the helmets (Levi, 14, Chilli, 12), so it’s a timeline of them growing up too.
iPhone It can be a good or a bad thing. With technology, you have a mobile office and can be in contact 24/7. I am getting to the point now where I can switch off in the afternoon though.
Watch Lara and I have been married two years in December. She gave me this Omega watch as a wedding present and it was the perfect choice. She obviously knows me well.
Chillies We have about eight vegie patches. I can’t take credit, my wife Lara is the green thumb, but I am a good taste tester. Chilli is the most prominent fixture in the garden bed.