Australian Racing Legend Craig Lowndes Calls Time On Full-Time Career

The Supercars legend will be sticking around for the Bathurst 1000!

What you need to know
  • Craig Lowndes announced his retirement on Friday, stepping down from full-time racing.
  • He will continue to compete in endurance races.
  • The racing veteran has won six Bathurst 1000 titles and three Supercars Championships.

Australian Supercar legend Craig Lowndes will step down from full-time racing duties at the end of the 2018 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, after an illustrious career.

The 44-year-old made the announcement on Friday, where he is competing at the Townsville 400.

Despite being contracted with Triple Eight Race Engineering to compete full-time until the end of 2019, Lowndes said he wanted to end his career with "strong results".

“I’ve always said there are two key factors keeping me racing and those are my motivation to keep getting up and doing what I love and my competitiveness, and for me, nothing has changed," he said in a statement.

Racing fans will be pleased to know they can still catch him on the track, as he switches his focus to endurance driving for the 2019 season and onward, with the six-time Bathurst 1000 winner gunning to add more titles to his name.

“We don’t know yet who Craig’s going to be co-driving with for the Enduros – that depends on the structure of the team – but he’s undoubtedly got a few more Bathurst wins in him," said Triple Eight Managing Director Roland Dane.

Lowndes will also be joining the Supercars broadcast team, and has hopes of competing overseas.

"I’m also pleased to announce that I’ll be joining the broadcast team, which is something I’m really looking forward to. It’s not the last time you’ll see this grin in pit lane!” said Lowndes.

“I’ve also always said I’d love to go and do more racing overseas and in different categories. Le Mans is definitely on the bucket list and hopefully this will enable me to go and do that, which Roland and the team will be supportive of.”

Lowndes won an emotional 2006 Bathurst 1000, just weeks after Australia racing identity Peter Brock died. Image: Getyy Images

Lowndes began his driving career go-karts at the age of nine, before making the switch to race cars in 1991.

He went on to have 106 race wins and has taken out the the Supercars Championship three times.

“He’s a true legend of Australian sport. As an enduro driver, I have no doubt Craig will continue to be a regular visitor to the podium," said Supercars Australia CEO Sean Seamer.