Craig Lowndes has claimed a record-breaking 91st career win in the opening race of the V8 Supercars round in Perth.
The 38-year-old Holden driver overtook his Red Bull Racing teammate Jamie Whincup on the 28th lap of the 50-lap race at Barbagallo Raceway and held on for an emotional victory.
Lowndes surpassed the all-time V8 Supercars winning record 90 victories set by fellow Australian Mark Skaife, who immediately came down from his TV commentary position to congratulate the three-time series champion and five-time Bathurst winner.
Ford's Mark Winterbottom was third, followed by Jason Bright, Alex Davison and Frenchman Alex Premat.
Skaife said if he could choose any driver to break the record, Craig would be his pick "every day of the week".
“When I broke Peter Brock’s record at Eastern Creek, Craig was the first person there when I got out of the car; that’s typical of the guy he is.
“Of all the great drivers I have competed against in three decades at the top, Craig is without doubt the most naturally skilled I have seen. To win a Championship at 21 is a remarkable achievement in itself but to still be in title contention 19 years later is extraordinary. Had it not been for a guy by the name of Whincup I have no doubt Craig might have as many titles as me by now.
“We have been tremendous rivals over many years but also great friends. Winning Bathurst with Craig three years ago was right up there with the greatest achievements of my career. It was an honour to stand with him on the podium at Mount Panorama and hold the Peter Brock Trophy together, in recognition of our greatest mentor.
“Craig is such an amazing driver and ambassador for V8 Supercars. We as a sport have been incredibly lucky to have Craig on and off the track. His record and mass appeal places him alongside the greatest names in sport, and in that I include the great Peter Brock.”