Race Preview Bathurst 1000
Arguably the biggest race of the season, the Bathurst 1000 is on our doorstep, the pinnacle of all endurance races in Australia at 1000km and 161 laps around the arduous Mt Panorama circuit.
Craig Lowndes will line-up for his 25th and last Bathurst 1000 as a full-time driver and is determined to take home a seventh Bathurst 1000 title.
A podium at Sandown has provided confidence at the right time as Lowndes, along with co-driver Steve Richards, heads into the big one with some positive momentum.
“The result at Sandown was amazing for the whole team, it has given us great confidence going into Bathurst,” said Lowndes.
“Bathurst is a completely different circuit but having a result at Sandown gives us confidence.
“Last year there were a couple of other competitors who were very fast, so we need to make sure we keep our eye on the ball. It’s obviously the one race of the year that I want to win.
“It’ll be an amazing weekend; the crowd is fantastic and there is huge support. I’m really looking forward to getting there.”
Lowndes’ record at Mount Panorama is extraordinary and this year will mark his 16th Bathurst start in a Holden.
“We are expecting good things this year, the ZB Commodore has definitely proven to be a better Holden than last year, so we’re looking forward to getting to Bathurst,” he continued.
“We need a car that flows well across the top of the mountain and that’s something that we definitely think the ZB will be good at.”
Lowndes, Richo and the crew descend on Bathurst next Tuesday for a full week of activations and racing, leaving little gas in the tank come race day.
“With the functions, meetings and appearances, it’s a long week, especially by the time we get to the 161-lap race on Sunday.
“All in all, the support is amazing, and I can’t wait to get out there and do it all again.”