Lowndes debuts Lamborghini at Spa test
Just days after scoring his 100th V8 Supercars race win, Craig Lowndes has taken to Spa Francorchamps in preparation for next month’s 24 Hours.
The Red Bull star joined Spa co-drivers Steve Owen and David Russell in giving Roger Lago’s new Lamborghini Gallardo Extenso its maiden run during the single-day test.
Eighth fastest in the morning session, the Australian trio ended the day 16th in the 59 car field, seventh of the Pro-Am runners.
The car’s best time of 2:20.38s proved just 1.3s adrift of the pace-setting #45 Marc VDS BMW Z4, shared by DTM stars Maxime Martin and Augusto Farfus.
The #63 Grasser Lamborghini Huracan and #46 Marc VDS BMW completed the top three, while the #59 Von Ryan McLaren – which Shane van Gisbergen will co-drive in the race – was fourth.
Lago will have his first drive of the Gallardo during the Bronze driver test on the Wednesday prior to the July 25-26 race.
Russell and Owen had been due to race a Reiter Lamborghini in last weekend’s Spa ADAC GT round, but failed to take the start after a qualifying crash.
The Australian contingent for Spa also includes Brisbane-based Am driver Liam Talbot, who joined Ferrari squad Kessell Racing for Wednesday’s test, ending up 46th fastest.