above picture: A young Craig Lowndes in an ex-F1 race suit.
Karting was the starting point for the talented youngster, who quickly showed the potential to rise through the ranks, winning the national Formula Ford title in 1993 and the Formula Holden Silver Star class in 1994.
That success put him on the radar of prominent V8 Supercar team, Holden Racing Team (HRT), with Lowndes earning a drive in the endurance races and finishing second on debut at Bathurst in 1994.
Craig joined HRT fulltime in 1996 and was an instant success. He won his first-ever championship round and went on to become the youngest ever Australian Touring Car Champion, also winning the marquee Sandown 500 and Bathurst 1000 events as well.
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