Craig Lowndes has confirmed that he is nowhere near retiring from the Supercars Championship, the racing legend revealing that although his contract is up at the end of the 2017 season, he will be looking to extend his contract with Triple Eight Engineering as soon as possible.
“In the near future we'll work out what we want to do contract-wise and driving-wise, because our contract ends at the end of this year,” he told the sport's official website. “So we'll be obviously talking to Roland and seeing where everything sits and if he's happy to have us still continue and work out what that all looks like.”
Craig already has 610 career starts, more than a third of which resulted in podium finishes (254) and a sixth in victories,(105), six Bathurst 1000 wins and three world championship titles and although he knows he will have to retire one day, that day isn't now, or in the foreseeable future…
“I think there's a point we've got to think about that side of it, but I think where I am at the moment: we still performed well last year, we're winning races, we finished fourth – we should've probably finished third – so we're still in the hunt for the championship.”
“I've always said, (I'll drive on) while I'm still enjoying being part of the Supercar fraternity and competitive – which is probably the bigger picture. I'm always going to enjoy driving the car but there's a point where you've got to think about if you're not performing well or to the standard you'd like to be, you've got to think about what you do and open the door for another person – hopefully a young person – to get involved in the sport.”
“At the moment I would love to have another two, maybe three-year extension – that's my side, I just need to sit down with Roland in the near future and see what his thoughts are.”