News | Motorsports
25 Nov 2017 11:27
NZCity News
NZCity CalculatorReturn to NZCity

  • Start Page
  • Personalise
  • Sport
  • Weather
  • Olympic Games
  • Finance
  • Shopping
  • Jobs
  • Horoscopes
  • Lotto Results
  • Photo Gallery
  • Site Gallery
  • TVNow
  • Dating
  • SearchNZ
  • NZSearch
  • Crime.co.nz
  • RugbyLeague
  • Make Home
  • About NZCity
  • Contact NZCity
  • Your Privacy
  • Advertising
  • Login
  • Join for Free

  •   Home > News > Sports > Motorsports

    Craig Lowndes stays with Triple Eight

    Craig Lowndes has not ruled out driving on at the age of 45 after his new Triple Eight Race Engineering deal expires at the end of the 2019 Supercars season.


    Retirement plans have been put on hold by Craig Lowndes for at least another two years after the Supercars great re-signed with Holden heavyweights Triple Eight Race Engineering on Tuesday.

    The six-time Bathurst 1000 winner said he never considered walking away from the sport at season's end and did not rule out extending his Triple Eight stay at the age of 45 when his new contract expires in 2019.

    There was speculation the off contract Lowndes, 42, may be tempted to take a back seat and only contest the three enduro rounds as a part-time driver from next year.

    The three-time Supercars champion won his last series title in 1999.

    However, Lowndes said he was as motivated as ever in his 12th year with Triple Eight.

    Remarkably Lowndes has finished inside the top four in the championship every year since linking with Triple Eight in 2005.

    "I've been here a long time now and we've enjoyed a great amount of success together over the years," Lowndes said.

    "I've always said that if I'm still motivated and I'm still competitive, then I'll keep going.

    "I'm enjoying racing as much as I ever have, so it was a no-brainer for me to continue."

    Lowndes said his new contract may not be his last as a full-time driver.

    "At the moment it's just a matter of seeing what the end of 2019 looks like (when his new deal expires)," Lowndes told motorsport.com website.

    "We'll definitely analyse where I am personally and whether I still have the ambition and drive to compete after that."

    Lowndes was the first Supercars driver to record 100 race wins, back in 2015.

    Overall he has a record 105 wins and 254 podium finishes from 610 races.

    He is currently eighth in the 2017 drivers' championship ahead of this weekend's fifth round in Winton.

    Triple Eight boss Roland Dane said he was always keen to re-sign Lowndes, starting talks after the first round in Adelaide.

    He wanted to lock up Lowndes before negotiations began with his co-drivers, Supercars stars Jamie Whincup and Shane van Gisbergen, who are off contract next year.

    "There was never a question mark for me over whether we wanted Craig to stay with the team and I'm pleased we've been able to confirm the extension relatively early in the season," Dane said.

    "We've achieved an awful lot during his time with Triple Eight and we aim to continue building on that into the future."

    © 2017 NZN, NZCity


     Other Motorsports News
     25 Nov: Todd Kelly eyes emotional Supercars finish
     24 Nov: McLaughlin sounds Supercars title warning
     23 Nov: Whincup, McLaughlin in Supercars showdown
     16 Nov: Paddon to stay with Hyundai in 2018
     03 Nov: NZ showdown looms for Supercars rivals
     29 Oct: Paddon improves in Welsh rally
     29 Oct: Hartley earns 13th position on Mexico grid
     Top Stories

    RUGBY RUGBY
    Simplicity key to last Test win: Whitelock More...


    BUSINESS BUSINESS
    NZ shares mixed; Ryman and Stride gain More...



     Today's News

    Entertainment:
    Kym Marsh has dashed hopes of a Hear'Say reunion 11:20

    Rugby:
    Simplicity key to last Test win: Whitelock 11:07

    Entertainment:
    Ryan Phillippe is suing his ex-girlfriend Elsie Hewitt after she claimed he brutally attacked her 10:50

    Sailing:
    Team NZ win Yachting NZ's major award 10:47

    Politics:
    Jakarta is a city of smokers, but its vape bars are under threat of government crackdown 10:37

    Accident and Emergency:
    One dead in Northland crash 10:27

    Entertainment:
    Kaya Jones has claimed her ex-boyfriend Nick Carter knew about her abuse she experienced when she was a member of the Pussycat Dolls and "did nothing" 10:20

    Law and Order:
    AFP experts enhance footage of suspects in Indonesian acid attack on Novel Baswedan 10:07

    Accident and Emergency:
    One dead in West Coast car and train crash 10:07

    International:
    How a love of sailing helped Einstein explain the universe 9:57


     News Search






    Power Search


    © 2017 New Zealand City Ltd