SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 03: Craig Lowndes drives the #888 TeamVortex Holden Commodore VF during qualifying for race 28 of the Sydney 500, which is part of the Supercars Championship at Sydney Olympic Park Street Circuit on December 3, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images)

Supercars veteran racer Craig Lowndes finished the 2016 season fourth in the standings after losing out on third to the Volvo of Scotty McLaughlin in the season finale in Sydney, however the cheerful Aussie is still more than happy with the result considering his year with Team Vortex was a brand new venture.

“Fourth in the 2016 Supercars Championship is a pretty satisfying result for me given we effectively established a new ‘team within a team’ called TeamVortex, at Triple Eight, at the beginning of this year,” he explained in his column for Tyrepower. .

Going into the final round Craig was hoping to secure third place to give Triple Eight Engineering a 1-2-3 after his replacement at Red Bull Racing, Shane van Gisbergen took his maiden title and teammate Jamie Whincup finished second overall, however it wasn’t to be…

“At the end of the day, it’s an extremely strong result in the world’s most competitive Touring Car series,” he said, adding that he finished round about where he had hoped to anyway….”My aim had always been a Top Five finish in this year’s title and we achieved that, plus a couple of memorable race wins along the way. Truthfully, the extra effort to go from running two cars to three cars was probably a bigger task than anybody at Triple Eight imagined, but everyone pulled together and we made it work.”