Gallery: Lowndes' last full-time weekend

  • Virgin Australia Supercars Championship
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  • 02/12/2018
  • By Supercars.com, Edge Photographics, Holden Motorsport

Craig Lowndes bowed out of full-time Supercars competition last weekend in Newcastle.

After 667 championship race starts that have netted 107 race wins and three titles, Lowndes reverts to a co-driver role with Triple Eight in 2019.

The retiring legend was in the spotlight all weekend, from unveiling a special golden Autobarn livery on Thursday through to signing off on Sunday evening.

Supercars.com takes a look back at his Coates Hire Newcastle 500 in pictures.

A rare moment of downtime on Thursday.

Lowndes' boss since 2005, Roland Dane was on hand to help unveil a special, surprise livery for Lowndes final weekend.

'The Kid' with some local school kids.

Lowndes got down to business on Friday, finishing the two practice sessions fifth and 12th.

From ninth on the grid on Saturday, he wound up 23rd and seven laps down after making contact in pitlane with the Commodore of Scott Pye, who finished fourth.

Lowndes was bumped out of what would have been a final ARMOR ALL Top 10 Shootout late in Sunday qualifying, and started the afternoon's race 12th. But before that, there was some ceremony to attend to... 

A lap of honour around the track via the sunroof of a Holden Commodore was followed by a guard of honour down pitlane, as the Supercars community celebrated Lowndes.

Long-time rival Garth Tander grabbed a selfie, while Chaz Mostert got his Supercheap Auto racesuit signed.

Thanks to Scott McLaughlin he was momentarily seeing double, while even Roger Penske wanted to capture the moment.

Eventually, Lowndes made it to his Autobarn Lowndes Racing crew, and led the field around to the grid.

Lowndes signed off with an 11th-place finish, and then some post-race burnouts.

Then it was back to the Triple Eight garage, to see the likes of engineer John 'Irish' McGregor and wife Lara, and enter a new chapter.

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