TOWNSVILLE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 10: Craig Lowndes driver of the #888 TeamVortex Holden Commodore VF looks on during the top ten shootout for race 2 of the Townsville 400 at Reid Park on July 10, 2016 in Townsville, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images)

While the Supercars Championship doesn’t officially get underway until March with the Clipsal 500, Team Vortex driver Craig Lowndes will be getting a head start to the 2017 motor racing season by participating in this weekend’s highly anticipated Bathurst 12 hr endurance race.

Craig was forced to sit out last years 12 hour event due to a broken collar bone as doctors advised he took the time to mend correctly prior to the start of the Supercar season. However, the year before he was victorious and he is planning on repeating that win this weekend when he is once again teamed up with Triple Eight Racing teammate, Jamie Whincup.

“Very shortly, the 2017 motor racing season will be kicking off and the first event is the annual Bathurst 12 Hour endurance race for GT cars,” Craig explained in his column for Tyrepower. “I was fortunate enough to win it back in 2015, in a Ferrari 458 run by the Maranello Motorsports team, and after not competing last year because of injury, I’m back to defend my crown.

“I’ll be driving a brand new Ferrari 488, again for the Maranello team, but this time partnered by my Triple Eight teammate Jamie Whincup, making his GT racing debut.Jamie and I have shared a fair bit of success at Bathurst in the past, so we’re hoping to do so again.”