The trademark grin was nowhere to be seen when Supercars nice Craig Lowndes was left fuming over a pit-stop bingle in his penultimate race as a full-time driver.
The ever smiling Lowndes left it till the ultimate spherical of his 22-year full-time profession to present he was human in spite of everything, stunning many along with his foul-mouthed response to a pit-lane conflict with Holden’s Scott Pye in Newcastle on Saturday.
Lowndes tangled with Pye once they had been caught within the pit-lane chaos that ensued following a security automobile halfway by the Newcastle 500’s opening 250km race.
The contact broken three-time sequence champion Lowndes’ steering however worse was to come when he lastly received to the staff storage.
Remarkably, Ford’s Mark Winterbottom hit a tyre that was about to be fitted to Lowndes’ Commodore and dragged it down pit-lane amid the frenetic security automobile scramble.
After that it was no more Mr Nice Guy for Lowndes, who was proven by TV cameras screaming expletives and punching his steering wheel in frustration earlier than storming into the storage.
The seven-time Bathurst 1000 champ finally recovered to get again on the monitor however completed final, seven laps behind winner Shane van Gisbergen.
Lowndes later tried to see the humorous aspect after failing to end both race at Newcastle’s maiden spherical in 2017.
“We take a number of positives out of immediately – we have completed a race in Newcastle for the primary time,” Lowndes laughed.
“There was a little bit mishap in pit-lane which broke the steering.
“With a road circuit like this, you get a number of congestion when security automobiles come out, so it was disappointing to have that result.
“Nice work by the crew, they received us again out, however the steering wheel was nonetheless a couple of quarter of a end up and we simply needed to ensure that we completed the race.
“It is disappointing, but it surely’s nonetheless good factors and we have got loads to look ahead to tomorrow.”
Lowndes, 44, will draw the curtain on his glittering full-time profession after Sunday’s 95km race.
He’ll stay within the class subsequent yr, contesting the three endurance rounds as a co-driver.
“I believe the automobile goes to be adequate to be within the (prime) 10, whether or not it’s going to be adequate to be on pole, we are going to soon see,” Lowndes mentioned of his Sunday prospects.
Lowndes is sitting fourth on the standings.
The Supercars title will go down to the wire on Sunday.
Ford’s Scott McLaughlin is aiming for his maiden title, holding only a two level lead over 2016 champion Shane van Gisbergen earlier than the season finale.
Qualifying begins at 1050 AEDT.