CRAIG LOWNDES WINS 100TH CHAMPIONSHIP RACE
Published 20 June 2015
V8 Sleuth has done all the numbers to celebrate a special day for the Red Bull Racing Australia star …
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Red Bull Racing Australia is one of them and we manage all the cool numbers for them - and Craig Lowndes winning his 100th championship race today is very special.
Here’s the special stats relating to Craig’s special victory today.
Craig Lowndes has become the first driver to win 100 races in the history of the Australian Touring Car Championship/V8 Supercars Championship.
The 100th win has come in Darwin in his 559th ATCC/V8SC race at his 241st ATCC/V8SC round in his 19th season. (He didn’t compete in the 1997 ATCC while racing in Formula 3000 overseas).
It also came in the 888th race in ATCC/V8SC history – the same number as his car and that of his team.
His 100 wins will have come with four teams - Holden Racing Team (49), Triple Eight Race Engineering (48), Gibson/00 Motorsport (2) and Ford Performance Racing (1).
He’s won exactly three-quarters of those 100 races in Holdens – 75 races – with 25 wins (one quarter) in Fords.
He has won 100 of the races he’s competed in since 1996 – he’s scoring one win in just under every five races over his career.
Has won at least one race in every season he’s competed in the ATCC/V8SC except for 2002 and 2004. The 100 wins have been clocked up at 19 different tracks.
Tracks with most wins – Barbagallo 15, QLD Raceway 11, Symmons Plains 10
88 race wins have come on traditional permanent tracks, 12 on street tracks.
11 of those 100 wins have been endurance races with his partners being Jamie Whincup (4), Mark Skaife (4), Warren Luff (2) and Yvan Muller (1) at Bathurst, Sandown, Phillip Island, QLD Raceway and the Gold Coast.
All bar 1 of Lowndes’ 100 race wins have come on Australian soil – the only one overseas (beyond Tasmania!) was in Bahrain in 2007.
10 of his wins have come in his current Red Bull Commodore – 888A-036 chassis.
It’s one of his most successful cars – his 2005/2006 Triple Eight Falcon scored him 12 of his 100 wins and is his most successful car.
4 of his 5 Bathurst wins count towards the 100 – the one that doesn’t was his first (1996) as it was not part of the championship back then.
Lowndes has now won 108 races all up in V8s, including non-championship races. Those that don’t count towards his 100 championship wins are: 1996 Sandown 500 and Bathurst 1000, 1997 Sandown 500 and five Albert Park V8 Supercar race wins.
His win in the 1999 Sensational Adelaide 500 is one win in the record books, not two. That race was one race held over two days, rather than two separate races as some sources have it scored.