Craig Lowndes will remain under the Holden banner for the foreseeable future following the manufacturer's decision to recommit to Supercars into the Gen2 era.
Lowndes will not come under the Holden Racing Team banner when the branding moves from Walkinshaw Racing to the Red Bull Racing Australia entries of Jamie Whincup and Shane van Gisbergen from 2017.
However, with his Triple Eight Race Engineering team set to become the sole factory-backed Holden outfit next season, Lowndes gives his thoughts on the development in his exclusive column in V8X Supercar Magazine issue #95.
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"The strength of Holden is it hasn't wavered with its support of the series, through the good times and the bad, and it provides a foundation for the category and the teams," says Lowndes.
"Going forward, we know we will have a Holden Commodore to race into the next generation of the category with a strong outlook for what is provided back to Holden.
"Although we had a short stint with Ford, we are very proud to be representing the Holden brand. It's also a just reward for the team given its success since moving over in 2010.
"It was a team decision to switch from Ford to Holden, which was great for me to take me back to Holden given my long connection with the brand."
Lowndes also weighs in on the future direction of Supercars into Gen2, which opens up the series to non-V8 engines and two-door coupes from 2017.
He states: "I'm in two minds about the future direction. On the one hand, I'm excited by the change as we drivers like the challenge of working with something new and different. But on the other hand, it'll be interesting to see how fans react to non-V8 engines racing around.
"It was interesting to follow Formula 1's engine change in recent seasons. And the loss of the excitement of engine noise was a big factor for fans.
"Crucially, we need the racing to be close and exciting. Right now, a tenth of a second in qualifying is the difference between a few rows and we've seen such variety in race winners."
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