Lowndes and Whincup team up for Bathurst
Craig Lowndes and Jamie Whincup will share a Ferrari 488 GT3 at next year’s Bathurst 12 Hour.
The two Supercars stars will team up with Maranello Motorsport for the 12 Hour, and will be joined by a yet-to-be-confirmed Ferrari factory driver. Triple Eight Race Engineering will provide an engineer and staff for the event.
"I am delighted to have the chance to defend my victory in the Bathurst 12 Hour of two years ago with Ferrari and Maranello again,” said Lowndes.
“Jamie and I have enjoyed a lot of success together at Bathurst, so it'll be great to pair up again, and to have the engineering support of Triple Eight. I can't wait."
"The Bathurst 12 hour is an event I've been keeping an eye on for a few years now,” added Whincup, who will make his 12 Hour debut.
"I've been patient waiting for the right opportunity and feel I’ve found it with the Maranello/Triple Eight combination.
“I’m excited to be teaming up with Craig again after more than six years and also look forward to learning to drive a left-hand drive, high downforce, turbo car fast.”
Lowndes and Whincup already have plenty of Bathurst success to their names, having 10 1000 wins between them, three of which came driving together (2006, 2007, and 2008).
“We’re very pleased to have secured about the best possible combination of drivers you could get together for our 2017 Bathurst campaign,” Maranello Motorsport team Principal Mark Coffey said.
“We wanted to be in a position to take advantage of the rules allowing all-professional driver line-ups for the first time and we feel like we have ticked that box.
“Craig and Jamie are two of the best Australian drivers of the last 20 years or more and also have an excellent track record of driving together in major endurance races. We are very pleased to have secured both of them and look forward to working with them both.
"Ferrari have an incredible stable of drivers across their GT programs and we are looking forward to working with the factory once again to represent the Prancing Horse brand on the Mountain.
“We have a comprehensive program in place to make sure the drivers and our entire team are ready for the race next February, including making sure Craig and Jamie get plenty of seat time before they get to Bathurst.”
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