Jenson Button will get to sample a V8 Supercar once again Craig Lowndes gets his first F1 outing at Bathurst

Motorsport fans will finally be able to see the the lap record at Bathurst’s imposing Mount Panorama circuit smashed as part of a sponsor-fuelled car swap that will see V8 Supercars driver Craig Lowndes drive a Formula 1 car for the first time.

Team Vodafone driver Lowndes will swap mounts with McLaren’s Jenson Button as part of a sponsorship event for the respective teams’ title sponsor in the lead-up to the Australian Grand Prix, after the Bathurst city council finally gave the go-ahead.

The event will mark the first time that a Formula 1 car will lap the 6.2-kilometre circuit, which is the home of the epic Bathurst 1000 endurance event that is a fixture on the V8 Supercars championship calendar.

Watch Craig Lowndes’ record lap at Mt Panorama

The race lap record posted by Lowndes in last year’s event – a time of 2:06.801, or an average speed of 176km/h – will certainly come under threat if he is allowed to drive anywhere close to full speed in the McLaren.

Describing the opportunity as “a dream”, Lowndes’ previous open-wheeler experience came in Formula Holden and in the International Formula 3000 series, where he was team-mate to Juan Pablo Montoya in Helmut Marko’s team.

For Button, it will be his second outing in the Team Vodafone Holden Commodore after he traded places with Lowndes’ team-mate Jamie Whincup to perform some demonstration runs at Albert Park last year.

[Original images via LAT and Vern Norrgard; video via RaikkonenFan1992]

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