Red Bull Racing Australia driver Craig Lowndes is heading to Europe. But don’t worry, he’ll be back!
The No.888 Holden pilot will be contesting his first Spa 24 Hour endurance race this July in an AF Corse-prepared Ferrari 458.
Off the back of his epic Bathurst 12 hour victory earlier this year with Maranello Motorsport, the leading Australian GT team headed the deal in which Lowndesy will partner follow Aussie driver Steve Wyatt and two other drivers who are yet to be announced.
“I’ve driven at Spa before and it’s an incredible track,” said Craig, who raced at the famous Belgian track in F3000 in 1997.
“After our success at the Bathurst 12 Hour in February this year, I just knew we had to put something together.
“I’ve been wanting to do more GT racing in Europe for a number of years, so to finally have such a great event locked in for 2014 is very exciting. The combination of a Ferrari and the Spa circuit really is a dream come true.”
It’s no secret that Le Mans was on the cards this year. Unfortunately though other commitments meant this dream is yet to come to fruition, but Lowndesy is no less excited by the new plan.
“The timing of Spa works perfectly around the V8 Supercar calendar this year and gives us a good opportunity to build something big for next year. It’s the perfect scenario, really!
“Unlike Le Mans, there are no prototypes at Spa, so we will be outright contenders in the 458. But it will still obviously be a massive challenge, as a lot can happen going flat out around a place like Spa for 24 hours.”
Craig will be in action at Spa July 26th and 27th, which sits in between the Townsville 500 and Ipswich 400 V8 Supercars events.