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Lowndes set to attend V8 hearing

By Laine Clark 07/11/2006 06:40:55 PM Comments (0)

If Craig Lowndes is feeling the heat after a nightmare fortnight, the V8 Supercars series leader isn't letting it show.

Lowndes has every right to be under pressure after being asked to attend a stewards hearing at Tasmania's Symmons Plains just hours before the crucial next round starts at the track.

The Gold Coast-based driver faces losing precious championship points or a hefty fine for post-race comments at the Gold Coast round last month.

He has been accused of claiming Gold Coast officials deliberately conspired to reduce his lead over his rivals and so produce a closer finish to the series.

And after having his championship lead chopped to just 30 points by Holden young gun Rick Kelly with three events left, Lowndes can ill afford to have any points deducted.

But Lowndes on Tuesday kept his eyes on the prize, opting to focus only on his race set-up for the Tasmanian round near Launceston which starts with a practice round on Friday.

Lowndes said he would unveil a brand new Ford Falcon at the round that may just determine whether he breaks a 10-year drought and claims another Australian touring car crown.

His teammate Jamie Whincup will take control of the Bathurst-winning Falcon.

Lowndes said the new Falcon had a test day at Ipswich's Queensland Raceway last week - and he liked what he saw.

"The new car is very, very good and the team is delighted with the way it has come on," he said.

"I am extremely happy with the way the new car performed at last week's test day and I am looking forward to using it for the remainder of the championship."

Lowndes is buoyed by the fact that he is a two-time champion at Symmons Plains but is wary of the tight course's perils.

"We have not yet had a wet race at Symmons Plains so things could certainly get interesting if we have rain," he said.

"It is also a track that is semi-difficult to pass on so team strategy and qualifying position will be the keys to getting a good result."

After winning six of the 10 rounds to date, Ford can wrap up the manufacturer's title with victory at Tasmania.

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