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Craig Lowndes to continue with Triple Eight - Photo: Rhys Vandersyde

Craig Lowndes to continue with Triple Eight – Photo: Rhys Vandersyde

TRIPLE EIGHT RACE ENGINEERING have confirmed that Craig Lowndes will continue with the team for another two years.

The veteran driver, now in his thirteen season with Triple Eight team, now under the Caltex TeamVortex banner, will continue racing until the end of the 2019 Virgin Australia Supercars season.

After renewing his contract the Caltex TeamVortex driver said “I’m really happy to be staying with Triple Eight for at least another two years,” said Lowndes. “I’ve been here a long time now and we’ve enjoyed a great amount of success together over the years.

“I’ve always said that if I’m still motivated and I’m still competitive, then I’ll keep going. We finished fourth in the championship last year and I’m enjoying racing as much as I ever have, so it was a no-brainer for me to continue.

“Staying on with Triple Eight was always my first choice, so it’s a great feeling for the rest of this year knowing that I’m going to be continuing where I am for the foreseeable future.”

Since joining the team in 2005, Lowndes has added five Bathurst 1000 crowns and finished the Supercars Championship no worse than fourth in that time.

Triple Eight Managing Director Roland Dane is delighted to extend the relationship with the driver who took a risk on an unproven team over a decade ago: “Craig really is part of the family here and it’s terrific that he wants to continue with us for another two years.”

“We’ve achieved an awful lot during his time with Triple Eight and we aim to continue building on that into the future with more race wins and of course another Bathurst win.”

“There was never a question mark for me over whether we wanted Craig to stay with the team and I’m pleased we’ve been able to confirm the extension relatively early in the season.”

Lowndes currently sits eighth in the championship after a stunning drive in Perth just over a week ago that saw him come from the back of the grid to finish eighth. The series heads to the Winton SuperSprint this week for round five of the season.