Supercars legend Craig Lowdnes is daring to dream of breaking Peter Brock’s “inconceivable” report of 9 Bathurst 1000 titles.
Seven-time Bathurst winner Lowndes, after extending his contract with Crimson Bull Holden Racing, will race at Mount Panorama till at the least 2021.
Lowndes received Bathurst final 12 months earlier than retiring as a full-time Supercars driver. This season, he’ll race as a co-driver within the three endurance rounds at Bathurst, Sandown and Gold Coast.
The 45-year-old will accomplice Jamie Whincup for the Enduro Cup, because the pair look to repeat the shape which had taken them to three-straight Bathurst wins from 2006.
Lowndes admits he has Brock’s formidable report in his sights.
“I all the time stated within the early days I did not suppose it was going to be attainable however, now we’re right here, we have seven and three extra makes an attempt to have the ability to do it so who is aware of?” Lowndes instructed AAP.
“Going to Bathurst this 12 months as a co-driver goes to be very totally different to what I am used to as a result of, once I first began, I used to be a co-driver and now I am going again full circle.
“However driving with Jamie, I believe it should be fairly thrilling. We have got a very good historical past collectively so I suppose it was a no brainer to get us again collectively.
“Fingers crossed, we are able to placed on a very good present. It is only a matter of getting the automotive proper, get some velocity and see how the race unfolds.
“I like the Bathurst fashion of observe and the race occasion as a result of it is a long-distance technique; gasoline consumption – all the weather play a giant half within the end result.”
Lowndes conceded he was by no means going to have the ability to sever all racing ties and even stated he’d wish to compete previous his 47th birthday.
“The stepping-down section from a major driver to a co-driver was actually necessary for me. I would not have been capable of depart the game, chilly turkey,” Lowndes stated.
“I would wish to (race previous 2021) – we’ll see. It actually simply comes right down to efficiency. Staying match is one factor however being quick sufficient to get within the automotive is one other.
“We had a follow session yesterday and I am nonetheless feeling comfy and blissful within the automotive and I really feel like I’ve received extra to contribute to the staff.
“Subsequent 12 months will probably be actually necessary for me to have the ability to do different races to maintain sharp.”