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Thursday, 28 April 2016 00:00

Lowndes column: The start of something big

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It's been a big year for Craig Lowndes in 2016, following on from his 100-win milestone, Bathurst victory and runners-up finish in the V8 Supercars championship last season.

Lowndes moved clear of Russell Ingall on the all-time round starts list at the 2016 Clipsal 500 Adelaide, becoming the first driver to exceed 250 round starts.

It's the latest record Lowndes has added to his impressive resume, which includes most race and round wins; most race wins at Phillip Island, Barbagallo Raceway, Queensland Raceway, Sandown Raceway; most championship race wins and podiums at Mount Panorama; youngest ever champion (21 years old); most race wins in succession (eight in 1996); and most race wins in a season (16 in 1996).

Lowndes will pen exclusive columns for V8X Supercar Magazine throughout 2016, joining reigning champion Mark Winterbottom and team owner Garry Rogers as columnists for the leading V8 Supercars print publication.

V8X Supercar Magazine issue #92, featuring Lowndes' first column, is on sale now in stores with the digital edition available in the official V8X app (in the App Store and Google Play), online at DigitalEdition.V8XMagazine.com.au and in the Magzter app store.

CLICK HERE for more information on V8X Supercar Magazine issue #92.

The print edition also includes a free pullout Team Vortex Lowndes poster.

"We have a different sponsor in Caltex, who have been fantastic, but at the end of the day we all come out of the same factory," writes Lowndes.

"The cars get prepped together, we have debriefs as one and I still go into the Triple Eight workshop, so none of that side has changed.

"I'm convinced that we've got a car that's now capable of winning races. The equipment we've got is no different to the Red Bull cars in the other garage. It's just a matter of us massaging the car and finding the setup that suits the various tracks.

"There's no question that we can win races and compete for the championship. It's been a long time since my last championship, but I am still hungry and capable of winning another. I've got a desire to hold up that trophy at the end of the year and you can rest assured that I will be working really hard to try to achieve that."

CLICK HERE to purchase the print edition of V8X Supercar Magazine issue #92 to read the full column and grab a copy of the pullout poster.

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Clipsal 500 Adelaide

2-5 March

Tyrepower Tasmania Super Sprint 

7-9 April

WD-40 Phillip Island 500  21-23 April 

Perth Super Sprint  

5-7 May 

Winton Super Sprint 

19-21 May 

CrownBet Triple Crown Darwin

16-18 June

Watpac Townsville 400

7-9 July

Coates Hire Ipswich Super Sprint

28-30 July

Red Rooster Sydney Super Sprint

18-20 August

Wilson Security Sandown 500

15-17 September

Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000

5-8 October

Vodafone Gold Coast 600

20-22 October

ITM Auckland Super Sprint

3-5 November

Coates Hire Newcastle 500

24-26 November

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Pos

 Driver

 Points

 1

 Jamie Whincup

2850

 2

 Scott McLaughlin

2820

 3

 Fabian Coulthard

2674

 4

 Chaz Mostert

2586

 5

 Shane van Gisbergen

2574

 6

 Craig Lowndes

2160

 7

 Cameron Waters

2071

 8

 Mark Winterbottom

2058

 9

 Garth Tander

2028

 10

David Reynolds 

1956

 Full points table