Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Be like Craig, Have a Good Career: Rival Praises a Legend

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Be like Craig, Have a Good Career: Rival Praises a Legend

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Byline: David Lems david.lems@qt.com.au

Ipswich SuperSprint program

Today's schedule

(Start time, category, session type)

9.05am: Aussie Racing Cars Practice 1

9.35am: Formula 4 Practice 1

10.10am: Supercars additional drivers practice

10.40am: Demonstration entertainment

10.55am: ECB SuperUtes Practice 1

11.25am: V8 Touring Cars Practice 1

Noon: Supercars Practice 1

1pm: Aussie Racing Cars qualifying

1.30pm: Formula 4 Practice 2

2pm: V8 Touring Cars Practice 2

2.35pm: Supercars Practice 2

3.20pm: Supercars entertainment

3.35pm: Aussie Racing Cars Race 1 (10 laps or one lap after 3.53pm)

4.05pm: VW Activation

4.10pm: Supercars Media TV Track Time

4.30pm: Supercars event rides

Gate opening times: Today -- 8.30am. Tomorrow: 8am. Sunday: 8am.

MOTORSPORT: With much of this weekend's focus on Craig Lowndes' last full-time Queensland Raceway round in Supercars, David Reynolds shares his thoughts.

"He's an absolute legend of the sport,'' Reynolds said.

"His service to the sport has been probably the best I've ever seen or been around.

"When I was growing up, everyone goes 'be like Craig Lowndes and you'll have a good career'.

"Regardless of his results, he's always happy, smiling, awesome with the fans.

"He's a great personality. It's just a shame he's leaving.

"I wanted to race against him for years to come.''

While Lowndes has been Queensland Raceway's most successful racer with 12 wins, Reynolds concedes Ipswich's Paperclip is not one of his happiest hunting grounds.

"I've never been on the podium or won the race there,'' he said, recalling his previous best being fourths in 2014 and 2015.

"On paper, Ipswich looks like the simplest, most boring track . . . but it's really, really technical and there's many many different styles to make your car go faster out there. …

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