01 Feb 2018
By Matthew Agius
THE Adelaide 500 can’t come quick enough for Craig Lowndes, who launched his new team for the 2018 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship overnight.
Autobarn Lowndes Racing will run as the third car of the Triple Eight Race Engineering stable alongside the Red Bull Holden Racing Team ZB Commodores of Jamie Whincup and Shane Van Gisbergen.
The familiar, black, white, green and gold colours of the Autobarn brand make for a striking new-look car for Lowndes in 2018, and the veteran can’t wait for his 635th start in Adelaide this March.
“The team have worked hard over the off-season to get the new car ready and the fresh look of the livery on the new body shape is something to be excited about ahead of the season,” Lowndes said.
“The first race event in Adelaide couldn’t come quick enough for me and the team. I can’t wait to get out there and see what we can do in the car.
“Everyone back at the workshop has been working around the clock to get the car on the track and we couldn’t be happier with what they’ve done.”
Autobarn will be a two-year naming-rights partner for the team, having been a sponsor of Lowndes for 15 years, and a partner with Triple Eight for half a decade.
“We are thrilled to have Autobarn on board as they are a natural fit for the team and have shown tremendous support of the team and Craig for several years now,” Triple Eight managing director Roland Dane said.
“Their support allows us to continue strongly and focus on being a professional and successful racing team.
“We’re looking forward to showcasing the all-new race car and proud to have the support of our excellent team partners with us for the ride ahead.”
The Adelaide 500 celebrates 20 years of Australia's favourite street race from 1-4 March 2018.
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