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Lowndes enters Finke with Chevrolet

SUPERCARS icon Craig Lowndes will take on Australian motorsport’s most gruelling off-road event, the Tatts Finke Desert Race, this year.

Chevrolet Racing and GMSV have named Lowndes to drive its Silverado ZR2 Off-Road Racer with the experienced Dale Moscatt as his navigator.

Lowndes/Moscatt will race in the Production 4WD class – the exact division which Ford won last year at Finke with its new Kelly Racing-built Ranger Raptor.

The June 7-10 event will come mere weeks before Lowndes’ 50th birthday, and the seven-time Bathurst 1000 winner is eager for the challenge.

“I’m thrilled to be taking the Silverado to Finke,” he said.

“It’s been a while since I won the Australian Safari, which was way back in 2010, this is going to be a great test.

“I drive a Silverado ZR2 every day and regularly put it through its paces off-road on weekends, as well as towing our caravan yearly to the Bathurst 1000.

“It covers impressive distances and handles Australian conditions so easily, now we’re out to prove its off-road capability.”

Craig Lowndes and Dale Moscatt. Pic: Supplied

Chervolet Racing Australia and New Zealand general manager Chris Payne is equally excited to see how the Port Melbourne-built Silverado fares.

“This is Chevrolet Racing’s first foray into the world of off-road racing and builds on other motorsport categories we compete in, including Supercars and drag racing,” said Payne.

“It’s a natural fit for a vehicle such as the Chevrolet Silverado ZR2, which is already an accomplished all-terrain performer in its own right, as this provides an opportunity to showcase all-round capability and demonstrate multi-purpose off road prowess.”

Lowndes will be back in a Supercar later this year, combining with Cooper Murray in Triple Eight/Supercheap Auto’s latest wildcard program.

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