LOWNDES TEST CAMARO GEN3 AT SANDOWN SUPERSPRINT

By Timothy Neal

At Penrite Oil Sandown SuperSprint this weekend, Craig Lowndes will be testing all of the Gen3 Chevrolet Camaro sessions each day of the event.

This will be the first time seeing the new front end on a Gen3 car, meaning that successful testing will mark the last part of the chassis, giving teams and builders the green light to start building their kits.

Joined on the track by Zane Goddard in the mustang Gen3, the seven-time champion Bathurst will test the Camaro Gen3 at the Sandown circuit for the first time.

There will be two driving sessions on Friday at 12:05 and 4:05 pm, followed by single sessions on Saturday (13:50) and Sunday (10:40).

They will also be running on Monday, with David Reynolds and James Courtney to get the wheel of the Mustang, while Will Brown and an as-yet-unnamed Triple Eight driver will take Monday’s Camaro session.

Sandown will be the eighth track to see some Gen3 action, having last played at The Bend during the OTR Supercars round, while Lowndes also tested a Camaro prototype at the NTI Townsville event.

Sandown also marks the delivery of the first fully-built chassis to the team, which PACE will provide to racing Brad Jones during the event.

The general upgrade of the Gen3 program is expected to take full effect after Sandown, so testing marks an important weekend for next year’s Supercars revolution, after numerous problems delayed the final chassis design.

Lowndes will be a busy man on the weekends; along with his usual commentary duties, he will also be a participant in Friday’s co-driver session, tasting BJR #4 Jack Smith’s Commodore.

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