5000 FANS TO FEATURE ON LOWNDES BATHURST CAR

Craig Lowndes and Declan Fraser with the #888 ZB Commodore

CRAIG Lowndes and Declan Fraser will carry the faces of thousands of fans at the Repco Bathurst 1000 in October.

The backer of the Triple Eight Race Engineering wildcard, Supercheap Auto, has announced the initiative whereby up to 5000 selfies will be included on the ZB Commodore.

Entries are open from now until 5pm AEST on September 4 – or once the quota has been filled, whichever comes first.

The news comes on the eve of the pair’s second test day at Queensland Raceway tomorrow.

Engineered by Romy Mayer, the #888 entry first tested on June 22, and is due to have another hitout next month.

“This is a super exciting opportunity for the fans to be part of the Supercheap Auto wildcard Supercar driven by Craig Lowndes and Declan Fraser at the Bathurst 1000,” said Supercheap Auto sponsorship manager Justin Murray.

“Supercheap Auto has a long and proud history at Mount Panorama and the support for the Lowndesy and Decca wildcard has been immense.

“We can’t wait for the big dance in October.”

It’s the second year of the Triple Eight/Supercheap Auto alliance at Mount Panorama, which last year saw Russell Ingall team up with Broc Feeney.

Ingall and Feeney were on track for a top 10 finish before the latter crashed out late.

Nevertheless, it set a platform for Feeney to graduate into the Repco Supercars Championship – something which 2022 Super2 Series leader Fraser will hope to emulate.

Lowndes/Fraser will be one of three wildcards in this year’s Bathurst 1000, joined by Boost Mobile/Erebus Motorsport’s Greg Murphy and Richie Stanaway, and a privateer effort for Matt Chahda and Jaylyn Robotham.

Connor O’Brien joined V8 Sleuth in 2022 as website Editor. He won the Supercars Media Award in 2017 while working as a sports reporter at the Gold Coast Bulletin, before stints at Supercars and Speedcafe. During his time at V8 Sleuth he's twice (2022, 2023) been named Journalist of the Year at the Supercars Media Awards.