Craig Lowndes - Motivational Speaker
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One of Australia's most popular, motivational and recognised sporting heroes
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One of the nation’s most popular, motivational and well-recognised sporting heroes, Craig Lowndes is the most successful driver in Australian motor sport history.
Craig has won more championships races than any other driver at the sport’s highest level, and is also the recipient of a record five Barry Sheene Medals, the sport’s best and fairest award.
In June 2015 Craig became the first Australian driver to win 100 Championship races at the sport’s most elite level.
Craig was also recognized in 2012 with an OAM for services to both the community through his road safety work and to his sport.
Now the most popular driver in the sport, Craig began his career at just nine years of age.
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 Lowndes 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 won his first-ever championship round and went on to become the youngest ever Australian Touring Car Champion, also winning the marquee Sandown 500 and Bathurst 1000 events as well.
After contesting the European F3000 Championship in 1997, Lowndes returned to Australia and quickly re-asserted himself on the V8 Supercar scene - winning the championship in 1998 and 1999.
In 2001, Lowndes 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, Lowndes joined Triple Eight Race Engineering in 2005. A powerhouse internationally, Triple Eight was a perfect match for Lowndes, and he finished second in the championship that year.
Lowndes narrowly missed out on the 2006 title, finishing second in a year which included his second Bathurst 1000 victory, and was third in 2007 after another Bathurst triumph.
In 2008 Lowndes enjoyed another impressive campaign, finishing fourth in the championship and helping TeamVodafone to their inaugural team's title. Lowndes and team-mate Jamie Whincup also won a historic, third-consecutive Bathurst 1000.
Season 2009 was yet another strong year for Lowndes, while TeamVodafone continued to dominate the series. Two event wins at Winton and Barbagallo helped Lowndes to another fourth place in the championship.
In 2010 Lowndes and TeamVodafone switched from Ford to Holden and success was immediate, culminating in his fourth Bathurst 1000 victory in five years.
Season 2011 saw Lowndes narrowly finishing second in the championship to teammate Whincup following a showdown at the final race. The year was filled with highlights, including a clean sweep of the Queensland Raceway round, another Phillip Island 500 crown with Mark Skaife, and a stellar drive to second at Bathurst.
Craig was then honoured in 2012 with the awarding of a ‘Medal of the Order of Australia’ (OAM) for services to his sport and the community, in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. The recognition was in part because of his inspirational and charitable work with the RSPCA, Violence Against Women, and his continual work on road safety.
Lowndes finished second in both the 2012 and 2013 championships; creating history last year when he won his 92nd career championship race, breaking Mark Skaife’s all time record. By the end of the season the new record, now owned by Craig, was 94 wins …
Craig had another great year in 2014, adding three more race victories on his way to fourth in the championship before creating more history in 2015, becoming the first driver in the history of the sport to win 100 championship races!
Bathurst 2015 also fell to Lowndes, who ultimately went on to finish second in the V8 Supercar Championship.
And to cap a stellar year, Craig also won the Barry Sheene Medal for a record fifth time and the Fans Choice Award as the sport’s most popular driver.
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