Australia Day

26 January 2015

95 days to go

Craig Lowndes OAM

Craig Lowndes OAM

Australia’s most popular and successful champion racer

One of the nation’s most popular sporting heroes, Craig Lowndes made an early debut in Australian motorsport, competing in his first event at just nine years of age.

Go-karting was the starting point for the talented youngster, who quickly showed the potential to rise through the ranks, winning the national Formula Ford title in 1993 and the Formula Holden Silver Star class in 1994.

That success put him on the radar of prominent V8 Supercar team, Holden Racing Team (HRT), with Craig earning a drive in the endurance races and finishing second on debut at Bathurst in 1994.

Craig joined HRT fulltime in 1996 and was an instant success. He took out his first championship round and went on to become the youngest ever Australian Touring Car Champion, before winning the Sandown 500 and Bathurst 1000.

In 2001, Craig made the most controversial move of any Australian race driver, switching from Holden to Ford.

After a handful of seasons with limited success, highlighted by podium finishes at Bathurst in 2003 and 2004, Craig joined Triple Eight Race Engineering in 2005.

In 2010 Craig and Team Vodafone joined Holden once more and success was immediate, culminating in his fourth Bathurst 1000 victory in five years.

In early 2013 Craig created history by setting a new record for the most championship race victories ever in the history of professional motor racing in Australia.

Craig continues to be the sport’s most popular and most recognized athlete and, after 30 years behind the wheel, remains as passionate and enthusiastic as ever.

Craig’s long list of achievements include:

  • Officer of the Order of Australia, 2012
  • Barry Sheene Medal, 2005, 2006 and 2011
  • Five time Bathurst winner, 1996, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2010
  • Three time Australian Champion, 1996, 1998 and 1999
  • Holds the record for the most race wins in the history of the Australian Touring Car Championship and V8 Supercar Championship.