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Thursday, 06 October 2016 00:00

Lowndes column: Celebrating Peter Brock

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Craig Lowndes arrived into V8 Supercars as Peter Brock's protégé and took over the mantle of Holden's leading driver with a clean sweep of the championship, Sandown and Bathurst in his rookie season in 1996.

Ten years on, in the immediate aftermath of Brock's sudden passing, Lowndes and co-driver Jamie Whincup lifted the Peter Brock Trophy for the first time at an emotional Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 in 2006.

In his exclusive column in V8X Supercar Magazine issue #94, Lowndes recalls the emotion of that weekend heading into the 10-year commemoration and the importance of that first Bathurst win to Triple Eight.

Issue #94 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 #94.

Print edition also includes a Lowndes 1996 'Triple Crown' pullout poster.

"This year will be very special considering it marks some key anniversaries, including 20 years since my first Bathurst win and 10 years since we mourned the loss of Peter Brock," writes Lowndes.

"Remembering Peter will make this season's Bathurst another very special weekend.

"Jamie Whincup and I were very honoured to be able to win the first-ever Peter Brock Trophy in 2006.

"Jamie probably didn't appreciate the significance of what that meant at the time but now we both look back at its importance. We were running a Ford at the time, though it's amazing to think how much support we still had from the Holden fans who knew we were honouring Peter.

"I still to this day reflect on the emotions of that weekend, not only the race itself but
also being able to drive Peter's Torana XU-1 on the parade lap and play a small part in remembering his legacy.

"The 2006 win was also very special for us as a team, considering it was the first at Mount Panorama.

"Roland Dane had never been shy about his determination to win the Bathurst 1000, so to do so in such an important year
in the history of the event was extra satisfying for us."

CLICK HERE to purchase the print edition of V8X Supercar Magazine issue #94 to read the full column.