The Team

Nothing Less Than Victory

It will be an exciting challenge to surpass the success Craig Lowndes has already seen, with over 100 race wins that include six Bathurst 1000 wins, three Supercar Championship titles, five Barry Sheene Medals, and becoming the first driver in ATCC/V8SC history to reach 100 race victories. But that’s just what Lowndes craves – a challenge.

To help Craig leave his competition in the dust yet again, the Autobarn Lowndes Racing team is comprised of some of the most skilled, motivated, and talented managers, engineers and mechanics the sport has seen – all with the same winning attitude that got Lowndes to where he is today.

Roland “RD” Dane

MANAGING DIRECTOR, TRIPLE EIGHT RACE ENGINEERING

Roland brought the Triple Eight name to Australia in 2003 after clocking up some impressive results in the British Touring Car Championship. The success has continued in Australia and, fast forwarding to 2018, Triple Eight has become one of the most successful teams in Australian touring car history with eight Drivers’ Championships, eight Teams’ Championships and six Bathurst 1000 wins.

Andrew “Simmo” Simpson

TEAM MANAGER

Andrew, who is best known as Simmo, has been involved in motorsport his whole life. He raced in different categories up until 2001 when he sold his business and was introduced to Supercars. He helped start up Howard Racing, which became a Triple Eight customer and won the 2006 Development Series Championship. In 2011, Simmo was a race engineer for TripleF Racing before making the move to Triple Eight in 2012 as Customer & Sachs Service Engineer. In 2014 and 2015, Simmo was kept busy at the race track as Paul Dumbrell’s race engineer in the Dunlop Series. When TeamVortex came on board in 2016, Andrew stepped up and took on a Team Manager and Customer & Sachs Service Manager and Production Manager. In 2018, Simmo and the crew will work to progress their strong team work under Autobarn Lowndes Racing.

John “Irish” McGregor

Race Engineer

John, aka Irish, studied Automotive Engineering at Loughborough University in England, while working as an engineer for a British Super Sport Team. After finishing his degree, he made the move to Australia and worked for Simply Sportscars GT team as a data engineer. He joined Triple Eight Race Engineering in 2012 as a Customer Support Engineer to LDM. From 2013 Irish was Data Engineer for both Triple Eight cars, before joining TeamVortex in the same role in 2016 to hone his skills and forge a strong relationship with Craig. The goal to ultimately step up to a Race Engineer came into fruition at the beginning of 2017 and it’s a role he’s looking to pursue further this year.

PETER RINGWOOD

DATA ENGINEER

Before graduating with a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Technology, Sydney, Peter Ringwood made his way over to Denver, Colorado to join a small engineering consultancy, focusing on vehicle dynamics and simulation. This invaluable work experience covered the realms of Indy Car, LMP, GT cars and V8 Supercars. In 2015, Ringwood joined Triple Eight in a role which covered vehicle dynamics, vehicle performance modelling and simulation. The following two years saw Ringwood branch out with his own engineering firm, focusing on vehicle simulation for motorsport, which in part saw him working with Mobil 1 HSV (now Walkinshaw Andretti United). In 2018, Ringwood joins us again, this time as car #888’s data engineer as well as taking on a performance engineering role to ensure every component is operating at 100% performance.

MATTHEW “COOKIE” COOK

CREW CHIEF

Matty’s career in motorsport has taken him across the world, including a stint working in the Formula 1 series in the United Kingdom. After completing a mechanical apprenticeship at Hansen Automotive, Cookie took on a mechanic role at Dick Johnson Racing which he mastered over the next ten years. In 2006, Cookie made his way to the UK where he was a front end mechanic in the A1 Grand Prix, before taking on the same position for the Virgin Formula 1 team from 2009 – 2012. Coming back home to Australia in 2013, Cookie began an exciting career at Triple Eight which has so far featured some impressive achievements including a Bathurst win with Craig Lowndes’ car in 2015 and No. 1 Mechanic for Shane van Gisbergen’s championship win in 2016. Last year, Cookie focused much of his attention on the all-new Holden Commodore where he managed the car build and the V6 Twin-Turbo programme. In 2018, Cookie will run the position of Crew Chief on Car #888, a role in which he is looking forward to.

JARRAD “J-Rod” FARRELL

NO. 1 MECHANIC

The boy from Wollongong, Jarrad “J-Rod” Farrell, completed a mechanical trade and underwent an apprenticeship at a Nissan dealership before going off course and working as a plumber for eight years. After realising the plumbing scene wasn’t for him, J-Rod made his way over to WA to take on mechanical work once again whilst also gaining experience in the Top Doorslammer category of the Australian drag racing scene. It wasn’t long before he was coaxed back to the east side, taking up the position of No. 2 mechanic on car #888 in 2016. This year, J-Rod steps up to the role of No.1 mechanic as the team as he hopes to help the team make their way back to the top.

DAVID “POM” LEWIN

TYRES & TRUCK

David “Pom” Lewin gets his nickname for obvious reasons; he’s a born and bred English “pommy” where he spent the most of his life as a plumber and gas fitter at British Gas. A lifestyle change enticed Pom and his family to migrate to the land down under in 2009, bringing him to the Triple Eight family in 2010. When the third team was born, Pom became the team’s official truckie and tyre guy.

DEREK “DEL-BOY” WILSON

NO. 3 MECHANIC

Derek joined Triple Eight in September 2015 to take the job as No. 2 Mechanic on Jamie Whincup’s car and join the pit crew on the gun for the right rear wheel. He stepped up to become the main man on the tools for Craig’s car in both 2016 and 2017. This year, ‘Del-Boy’ will take on No. 3 Mechanic and managing the Panels Department at the workshop. Originally from the UK, Del-Boy had an extensive career as a mechanic in the British Tour Car and World Touring Car Championship since 1996.