Craig Lowndes gets golden retro livery for Supercars farewell

Craig Lowndes will run a special gold livery for his final Supercars round as a full-timer in Newcastle this weekend

Craig Lowndes gets golden retro livery for Supercars farewell

The gold look is based on the iconic Betta Electrical colours of his early Triple Eight days.

Lowndes ran in the blue-and-yellow Betta colours for the first two years of his time with Triple Eight, before the team switched to Vodafone branding in 2007 and then Red Bull backing from 2013 onwards.

To celebrate the three-time champion's final outing as a full-time Supercars driver this weekend the team has rolled out a golden version of the original Betta look (pictured below in 2005), capped off with branding from current sponsor Autobarn.

According to Lowndes, the unique livery came as a compete surprise.

"I didn't know this was coming," he said.

"I know there's been some stories and some theories and conversations. Lara, my wife, she's been disappearing and taking phone calls all over the place.

"There was talk of a gold helmet, we obviously had done that and it was already in the pipeline, we revealed one at Bathurst.

"When I got given the suit, even just half-an-hour ago, I thought that was something special.

"But then to see the car getting pushed down, I thought 'there's something going on'.

"It's fantastic. There's a lot of history within the design of the car, I'm really thankful that the team has been able to do it."

Lowndes will scale back to just the Supercars endurance races with Triple Eight next season, as well as looking to make one-off appearances in big races overseas such as the Le Mans 24 Hours.

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