The car Craig Lowndes drove for the balance of the 2008 V8 Supercars Championship is going under the hammer. Pic: an1images.com / Justin Deeley

A TRIPLE Eight Race Engineering-built V8 Supercar raced by Craig Lowndes is currently up for auction.

The 13th V8 Supercar built by the team dating back to its origins as John Briggs Motorsport, superstition led Triple Eight to officially numbered the chassis as 888A-012A rather than 013.

Built as a Ford Falcon BF, it debuted in Craig Lowndes’ hands at the 2008 Clipsal 500 – although its first weekend ended with 012A being badly damaged in a crash with James Courtney.

Once repaired, Lowndes raced the car for the balance of the season – bar the endurance races, where this car was rested – and scored his sole solo race win for 2008 at Sandown.

The car was then sold to Sonic Motor Racing which campaigned it in the Fujitsu Series, fielding rookies James Moffat in 2009 and Tim Blanchard in 2010.

James Moffat won the first second-tier Supercars race at Sydney Olympic Park in 2009. Pic: an1images.com / Dirk Klynsmith

The chassis has won races in all three tiers of Supercars competition, adding V8 Touring Car success to its resume with Ryan Simpson in 2013-2014.

It was later campaigned by Jake Kostecki in V8 Touring Cars in 2015, while Thomas Randle made his first Supercars race start in the V8 Touring Car series aboard this car in 2017.

Thomas Randle made his first start in any tier of Supercars aboard this chassis in 2017. Pic: an1images.com / Dirk Klynsmith

Randle’s appearance at Queensland Raceway marked the car’s last race appearance, and it was returned to a TeamVodafone livery in 2020.

Bidding sits at $140,000 at the time of writing, with the auction scheduled to finish on Sunday evening.

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