Craig Lowndes hopes returning to the Bathurst 12 Hour next year will give him the chance to take care of some “unfinished business”, and finally win the race in an Audi.
Lowndes has made three Bathurst 12 Hour starts in Audi GT cars, going within seven-tenths of a second of winning the 2011 race in a Joest Racing Audi R8.
After missing this year’s event due to its clash with V8 Supercars testing, Lowndes is now set to return to The Mountain in 2016, inking a deal to drive one of two 2015-spec R8 LMS GT3s to be run by Jamec-Pem.
“I’m really looking forward to rejoining the Audi Sport customer racing Australia team at Bathurst,” Lowndes said.
“For me there’s a little bit of unfinished business there after being on the cusp of victory a couple of times over the years, but I feel next year we have one of the most competitive new generation GT3 cars in the world and an opportunity to really take the fight to Ferrari and Nissan.”
According to team boss Steve McLaughlin, signing Lowndes was a no-brainer.
“No question, when the opportunity came up to have Craig back in the fold, I knew we had to put it together,” said Mclaughlin.
“The new Audi has already proven to be a success, so we want to launch the new car here in Australia at Bathurst with the best chance of taking victory.
“And in my mind, that meant having Craig back in the team to go after that elusive third victory.”