Veteran driver Craig Lowndes has inked a two-year contract extension with Triple Eight Race Engineering to remain with the frontrunning Supercars Championship outfit until at least 2019, the team has confirmed.

The 42-year-old has been a fixture on the Australian touring car scene for over twenty years, winning the 1996, 1998 and 1999 national titles with the Holden Racing Team.

After stints with Gibson Motor Sport and Ford Performance Racing, Lowndes joined the Triply Eight stable in 2005 and has been a runner-up in the championship standings a further six times.

“I’m really happy to be staying with Triple Eight for at least another two years,” said Lowndes of his contract extension. “I’ve been here a long time now and we’ve enjoyed a great amount of success together over the years.”

The announcement has rather come early in the 2017 season, with Triple Eight looking to lock down its driver line-up, which features reigning champion Shane van Gisbergen and six-time series champion Jamie Whincup in its three-car line-up.

“I’ve always said that if I’m still motivated and I’m still competitive, then I’ll keep going. We finished fourth in the championship last year and I’m enjoying racing as much as I ever have, so it was a no-brainer for me to continue,” Lowndes continued.

“Staying on with Triple Eight was always my first choice, so it’s a great feeling for the rest of this year knowing that I’m going to be continuing where I am for the foreseeable future.”

A winner of a record 105 touring car races, Lowndes has not enjoyed a strong start to his 2017 campaign. Having struggled so far in qualifying, he sits eighth overall in the Drivers’ Championship standings with a best race finish of fourth at Symmons Plains.

Image via Red Bull Racing Australia

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