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What happened to Lowndes’ last Commodore?

SEVEN-TIME Bathurst 1000 winner Craig Lowndes is a legend of Mount Panorama and Supercars racing.

He’ll be back behind the wheel this year too at Australia’s most famous race track, competing in a Mercedes-AMG in the Repco Bathurst 12 Hour and confirmed to again lead Triple Eight’s wildcard entry in the Repco Bathurst 1000 in October.

Along the way he’s wheeled his fair share of Holden Commodores around Bathurst – so what happened to his last Commodore that he drove in the 2022 ‘Great Race’?

He and rookie Declan Fraser finished eighth in their Supercheap Auto-backed, Triple Eight-run ZB Commodore, the result the best Bathurst 1000 finish by a wildcard entry since they were introduced to the race in 2009.

It’s available now here from the V8 Sleuth Superstore and has been produced in a limited print run of 2500 copies.

In fact, V8 Sleuth’s SuperStore also has a 1:18 scale model of the #888 Lowndes/Fraser Commodore available here now for you to snap up online – hurry before they all go!

That particular car’s history with Triple Eight dates back to its debut in Jamie Whincup’s hands in 2019, with the full history of this car and all other Triple Eight Supercars covered in the huge 400-page book documenting the history of these chassis.

LOWNDES FANS! There’s a range of books, model cars and DVDs featuring Lowndes, check them out here.

There’s only very limited stock, so if you’re a Lowndes fan, you NEED to add this to your collection!

This particular car has continued an active competitive life since Bathurst 2022. It was rolled out for the season-ending Adelaide 500 for James Golding to drive in Subway colours after his regular chassis was damaged in an accident on the Gold Coast.

Last year it moved to Eggleston Motorsport in Melbourne and became Cooper Murray’s #88 Commodore in the Dunlop Super2 Series. The young gun scored a breakthrough race win in the opening round in Newcastle and followed it up with another win at Sandown. He finished fourth in the series overall behind Kai Allen, Zak Best and Ryan Wood.

Murray is due back to again line up for Eggleston Motorsport in this year’s Dunlop Series and emerged late last year as favourite to share the Supercheap Auto/Triple Eight Bathurst 1000 wildcard Camaro this year with Lowndes in the endurance races.

Cooper Murray up on the wheel in Newcastle in 2023. Photo: Ross Gibb.
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