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Tuesday, 14 November 2017 18:46

Lowndes column: Returning from racing overseas


Twenty years ago, Craig Lowndes ventured to Europe to race in European Formula 3000, then the feeder category to Formula 1. Lowndes reflects on his season racing overseas and return to V8 Supercars in his column in V8X Supercar Magazine issue #101.

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"My whole upbringing was open-wheelers and it was something I wanted to get back into," writes Lowndes.

"The 1996 season was a stepping stone to where I wanted to get to, with the support of Tom Walkinshaw.

"It was the first time I'd left Australia so it was a culture shock. Living and racing for an Austrian team, the language barrier meant we struggled to communicate. And, obviously, it was a completely different team structure and mentality to what I was used to back home.

"In terms of my driving style, I needed to try to go back to my old open-wheeler style rather than a touring-car style. For the first half of the year we had one engineer covering both cars. And my teammate Juan Pablo Montoya came from an open- wheeler background, so he definitely had a different mind-set of what he wanted from the car, which didn't help me.

"I was hoping for a second season, so although it was great coming back to Australia to race in the endurance events and seeing family and friends, it did make me realise how homesick I had been. The way HRT welcomed me back reinforced that in Europe the team and its structure was probably not the right fit for me."

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Event Date
Superloop Adelaide 500 February 20-23
Melbourne 400 March 12-15
Tyrepower Tasmania Super400  April 3-5
ITM Auckland Super400 April 24-26
PIRTEK Perth SuperNight May 15-17
Truck Assist Winton Super400 June 5-7
Watpac Townsville 400 June 26-28
BetEasy Darwin Triple Crown July 17-19
Sydney SuperNight August 28-30
OTR The Bend 500 September 18-20
Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 October 8-11
Vodafone Gold Coast 600 Oct. 30-Nov. 1
Penrite Oil Sandown Super400  November 20-22
Coates Hire Newcastle 500 December 4-6



1. Scott McLaughlin
2. Jamie Whincup
261 -27
3. Chaz Mostert
234 -54
4. Cameron Waters
231 -57
5. Will Davison
231 -57
6. David Reynolds
210 -78
7. Lee Holdsworth
171 -117
8. Mark Winterbottom
162 -126
9. Fabian Coulthard
162 -126
10. Rick Kelly
150 -138

Full championship standings