SUPERCHEAP AUTO-BACKED BATHURST 1000 WILDCARD ANNOUNCED
Craig Lowndes and Declan Fraser will pilot the Supercheap-Auto sponsored entry
Triple Eight Race Engineering recently announced the return of its Supercheap Auto-backed wildcard for the 2022 Bathurst 1000.
One of the most iconic names associated with the Bathurst 1000, Craig Lowndes, will team up with Triple Eight’s Super2 young-gun, Declan Fraser for this year’s Great Race, with the latter making his Supercars debut at the famous Mount Panorama Circuit.
The wildcard features the iconic #888. It will be Lowndes’ 29th start in the Great Race, a race which he has won a staggering seven times, with his most recent win coming in 2018, the same year he retired from full-time Supercars racing.
“I’m thrilled to be teaming up with Declan for the Great Race, and I’m so excited to guide him on his journey into the Supercars. I’m also thrilled to be representing Supercheap Auto at the mountain for the first time in my career. It will feel a little strange not being in a Red Bull Ampol car for the first time in a long time, but we’re all one team here at Triple Eight,” Craig said.
“I grew up watching Lowndesy at Bathurst like every other kid did, so to see my name on the side of this car alongside his heading to Bathurst is super special, surreal even. I’m excited to get everything underway and see how it all pans out. To be associated with such a massive brand in Supercheap Auto, and for them to back me when they had a lot of drivers to choose from is an amazing feeling. I can’t thank them enough for enabling me to kick-start my career in Supercars in a pretty big way,” Declan said.
Supercheap Auto first became involved in Australian motorsport as a team sponsor 25 years ago and were the naming rights sponsor of the Bathurst 1000 from 2005 to 2020.
“The Supercheap Auto wildcard entry is about bringing our team and fans together to share our passion for the Bathurst 1000. We love this sport and its fans, and we are always looking to capitalise on our amazing partnership with Triple Eight in the Supercars championship,” Supercheap Auto Managing Director, Benjamin Ward, said.
“To have a legend of the sport like Craig representing our brand this October will be a dream come true for all of us here at Supercheap Auto. Craig’s partnership with an up-and-comer like Declan, at the infamous Mount Panorama circuit, is the ideal storyline for our wildcard program which continues the theme of pairing youth with experience. We hope fans get behind Lowndesy and Declan and follow us on this journey to the Great Race.”
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