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Monday, 22 May 2017 10:50

Lowndes column: Still learning in Supercars

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Craig Lowndes may be the most experienced driver in the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, but he is still learning and adapting as he goes on as he details in his exclusive column in V8X Supercar Magazine issue #98.

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"Tyres are the big change for us in Supercars this season, as we get our heads around the new-construction Dunlop tyres and the change in compounds at events," writes Lowndes.

"We never stop learning in this industry and we've been working on developing our driving style to cope with not only the new tyres but also in the new relationship with 'Irish' (John McGregor) and Ken Douglas.

"Ken works with the team and has picked up things in my driving style that I've gotten away with for a long time that have hurt me in some areas. I got used to where I was at in terms of my driving style and it wasn't perfect.

"The competition is so tight these days that a tenth of a second can bump you down the grid by a number of positions, so we need to find hundredths of a second and not just tenths.

"We started at Homebush last season to implement some changes for me as a driver and have found some things to look for going forward. We analysed things that not all race engineers look at, the actual style of my driving and not just how the car behaves.

"My bad habit was that I get used to driving the car in one way. That tends to stick and sometimes you keep up any bad habits that develop over time, even when things like new tyres and engineering changes require a new style.

"We've got to take all that into account and also now look at this tyre and figure out what it wants. We've got to understand and maximise that, which will require changes to the way I drive throughout the season."

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