The veteran was, however, in no doubt that abandoning the race was the right decision.
“The weather and what we were encountering out there, it was the right decision to stop the race,” said Lowndes.
“It was just terrible, you couldn’t see, spinning wheels; I radioed to the guys, all the pedestrian crossings on the back straight I was getting wheel-spin in third or fourth gear just trying to get traction.”
Garth Tander, the 2007 Supercars champion, was among others to express a strong view against going back to racing.
“A lot of people will say at home that we've got wet tyres and you just drive to the conditions; it is not like that, it is simply not like that,” he said.
“If we restarted the race, there would be 25 cars crashed before we get to Turn 1.
“We've got to think, we're racing in New Zealand in two weeks' time, we've got to get all the freight over there, you've got to think a bit more big picture with that sort of stuff.
“You can't race in these conditions.”
Scott Pye said the conditions were even worse than those faced at Sydney Olympic Park in 2014, when both races were abandoned due to storms.
“This is probably worse than Homebush; I remember when the race got cancelled back there,” he said.
“We're still going to have to try and pushing 200km/h to be somewhat competitive and it is just not the conditions where you can read [things].
“You can't predict what the car is going to do when you brake, you can't even see, so it is definitely the worst conditions I've ever driven in.”
Pye's co-driver Luff assesses the conditions
Pye also stressed how dark it was on-track: “I said to my engineer that when the lightning came it was good, I could see where I was going for a split second!”
Van Gisbergen too said racing again was not possible, but was among those to question sending the cars back on track under the Safety Car.
“They did everything right except for sending us back out again,” he said.
“They canned the race for safety, safety for the TVs, the teams, the drivers and that’s a priority when the weather is like that.
“They made that call right, but I don’t know what they were thinking trying to get half point distance, it was just silly. We couldn’t even keep up with the Safety Car.”