Craig Lowndes made his return to the cockpit of a V8 Supercar for the first time since breaking his collarbone today at Queensland Raceway.
Lowndes sustained the injury in a motorbike crash mid-way through January, which ruled him out of both the Bathurst 12 Hour, and Triple Eight’s shakedown session that took place earlier this week.
But today he finally made his return, enjoying a trouble-free day in the brand new TeamVortex Commodore.
“It’s a test day for us and I’m always looking forward to being in the car but at the same time it was a bit of a test for me, to see how the body feels,” Lowndes told the official V8 Supercars website.
“To be honest I’ve been in the car since nine o’clock this morning, got out once and I feel fine, I feel really good.”
Pye tops the times
DJR Team Penske driver Scott Pye wound up topping today’s open test at QR with a 1m09.077s, edging out new team-mate Fabian Coulthard by just 0.010s.
Jamie Whincup was third fastest thanks to a 1m09.458s, Lowndes fourth with a 1m09.471s, with Red Bull Racing Australia’s new recruit Shane van Gisbergen fifth with a 1m09.648s.
Will Davison was sixth and last of the main game runners with a best of 1m10.336s.