Published by Jack Austin, 22nd November 2018 on foxsports.com.au
Craig Lowndes has been surprised with a special livery for his final race at the Coates Hire Newcastle 500 this weekend with a golden twist on his early Triple Eight schemes.
The Autobarn Lowndes Racing Commodore will switch to gold and black for the three-time champion’s final full-time outing at a Supercars event.
The design echoes the Betta liveries Triple Eight had during the mid-2000s, before switching to Vodafone branding in 2007 and then Red Bull in 2013.
“I didn’t know this was coming,” he said of the special livery. “I know there’s been some stories and some theories and conversations. Lara, my wife, she’s been disappearing and taking phone calls all over the place.
“There was talk of a gold helmet, we obviously had done that and it was already in the pipeline, we revealed one at Bathurst.
“When I got given the suit, even just half-an-hour ago, I thought that was something special. But then to see the car getting pushed down, I thought ‘there’s something going on’.
“It’s fantastic. There’s a lot of history within the design of the car, I’m really thankful that the team has been able to do it.”
Lowndes starts the weekend fourth in the standings having won Bathurst for the seventh time this year, on the way to winning the Enduro Cup with Steven Richards.
He will take a step-back from full-time action next year but will still continue as a co-driver with T8 as well as targeting other races, such as Le Mans 24.
“That’s where it all started for me with Triple Eight,” Lowndes added of the Betta-inspired scheme.
“’06 really was an amazing year and then for me to be part of the journey with Triple Eight and to have the success as a combination has been really fantastic.
“Roland, every now and then, he gets emotional. Seeing his emotion revealing the car shows the passion he has for the sport, and I’m very thankful for the career I’ve had with the team.”