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WHY LOWNDES TURNED DOWN CHANCE TO RACE ON

CRAIG Lowndes has revealed he could have extended his full-time Supercars career with a move outside of the Triple Eight Race Engineering stable for 2019.

Former Triple Eight supremo Roland Dane last month told the V8 Sleuth Podcast powered by Repco that he believes the timing of Lowndes’ retirement plan “was absolutely perfect” – even if the superstar wanted to press on for another season.

Lowndes has now offered his version of events.

“To be honest, I would have loved to have another 12 months as a main driver but the writing was on the wall in the sense of where to go, what to do,” he said on this week’s edition of the V8 Sleuth Podcast powered by Repco.

“I’ve been with Triple Eight for a long time because I’m loyal to the team, Roland gave me a great start.

“Could I have gone to another team? Yeah. There were offers there, full-time.

“But again, you look at everything that is involved, not just the pride or the ego to drive a race car, it’s everything that’s involved.

“It was going to be a massive undertaking to move.”

Lowndes nevertheless confirmed such opportunities were “looked into, for sure”.

As it has turned out, he’s still part of the furniture at Triple Eight – and with another year to run on his contract.

“Every now and then I get calls to do things with other teams now but four years out of the seat, things evolve,” said the 48-year-old.

MORE: How Dane first lured Lowndes to Triple Eight

“The one thing I don’t want to do is if I was to get back into it, is to look like an idiot running at the back of the field because I have been out for four years and everything has evolved and moved on.”

The 2022 Repco Bathurst 1000 will see Lowndes become the first driver in history to chalk up 300 Supercars Championship round starts.

He will join forces with rookie Declan Fraser in a Supercheap Auto-backed wildcard for the occasion.

Also in the episode, Lowndes reveals Juan Pablo Montoya to be his most hated teammate, discusses that emotional 2006 Bathurst victory, and hints at a return to Porsche Carrera Cup Australia next year.

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