EM­PEROR L OWNDES KEEN T O RULE A T IP SWICH

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - TRAVIS MEYN

THE Em­peror of Ip­swich is back, and Craig Lown­des is ready to break his Su­per­cars Cham­pi­onship drought.

Lown­des will be gun­ning for his first race win in more than a year at this week­end’s Ip­swich Su­per Sprint.

The six- time Bathurst cham­pion has never gone through an en­tire se­ries with­out a win, and Queens­land Race­way is the per­fect track for Lown­des to get on the mid­dle step of the podium.

Lown­des, 43, is the most suc­cess­ful driver in the his­tory of Su­per­cars rac­ing at QR, win­ning 12 races and claim­ing 15 podi­ums from his past 19 races.

The Triple Eight Race En­gi­neer­ing leg­end and Garth Tan­der are the only driv­ers in this year’s field to have raced at all 21 rounds at QR since 1999 ( dou­ble rounds in 1999- 2000).

“It’s our test track so we’re ex­pect­ing to do well,” Lown­des said.

“We had a great run there last year ( third and first).

“The lay­out on pa­per doesn’t look that tech­ni­cal but you have to make sure you get ev­ery cor­ner right to max­imise it. If we can get the car as good as it was last year we’ll be in for a good show­ing.

“This time last year was our last win. We’d like to try and break our drought. We’ve got a bit of work to do but we’re re­ally con­fi­dent we can turn things around.”

SWEET: Craig L Lown­desd and Garth Tan­der with a cake to cel­e­brate 21 years of the Ip­swich Su­perSprint.

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