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Lowndes celebrates Supercars milestone

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 28/08/2016 Ed Jackson

Twenty years after beginning his Supercars career as a 22-year-old in Sydney, Craig Lowndes nearly marked his 600th race start with another win at the same venue where it all started.

The 42-year-old steamed to the front at the start of Sunday's 200km race at Sydney Motorsport Park, charging from fourth to first by the first turn.

A victory that seemed written in the stars was snatched away by Jamie Whincup when the Red Bull Racing star jumped Lowndes at a mid-race pitstop.

Lowndes was philosophical about missing out on a 106th career victory, admitting marking the occasion with a podium finish was good enough.

"I knew coming in over the weekend it was going to be a milestone and it's great to celebrate that on the podium," he said.

"We were the second-fastest car out there.

"Really for us the focus was to walk away from the weekend third in the championship. We've been able to do that ... I'm excited to finally shut the door on the 600 and move on to Sandown for the 601."

Lowndes is not ruling out adding 100 more races to his tally, admitting thoughts of retirement are not on his mind.

"This year and next year we're contracted," he said.

"After that, who knows what's going to happen?

"I'm enjoying it. Hopefully we can go on beyond '17, I'd like to think we can. See what happens."

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