Tuesday, 01 August 2017 15:57

Lowndes column: Pathway to Supercars


Craig Lowndes discusses the current pathway to Supercars and compares it to his arrival in the series in his exclusive column in V8X Supercar Magazine issue #99.

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"The Super2 category is now a fantastic training ground," writes Lowndes.

"It's designed not only for drivers but also for engineers, team owners, mechanics to develop and get the experience that they need to step up. And I think that if you're successful in the Super2 category, there's no doubt that you're good enough to step up into the main game and be competitive.

"I'm also a fan of Super2 wildcards being invited into the main game because that only accelerates their development and adds to the competition and talking points in the series."

Lowndes also discusses the role open-wheel categories such as Formula Ford, Formula Holden and Formula 3000 played in his formative years and the prospects of the Formula 5000 series being developed by Supercars.

"I grew up watching the original Formula 5000 category and they were amazing cars," writes Lowndes.

"The prototype of the new Formula 5000 car looks great and it's sure to be a hit with the fans.

"Hopefully, though, we don't saturate the market with too many categories because you'd rather see less series with bigger grids than more categories all struggling for numbers."

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2018 Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix 22-25 March
Tyrepower Tasmania SuperSprint 6-8 April
WD-40 Phillip Island 500 20-22 April
Perth SuperSprint 4-6 May
Winton SuperSprint 18-20 May
CrownBet Darwin Triple Crown 15-17 June
Watpac Townsville 400 6-8 July
Coates Hire Ipswich SuperSprint 20-22 July
Red Rooster Sydney SuperSprint 4 August
The Bend SuperSprint 24-26 August
Sandown 500 14-16 September
Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 4-7 October
Vodafone Gold Coast 600 19-21 October
ITM Auckland SuperSprint 2-4 November
Coates Hire Newcastle 500 23-25 November







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