Sports reporter praises 'top bloke' after Bathurst 1000 win
THERE is only one driver in V8 Supercars that is applauded by all fans.
What is it about Craig Lowndes that is so damn likeable?
I supported Ford when I was a younger bloke and I'm never one to change sides, and I remember cheering him on a few times when he guided his 00 and 888-numbered Falcons to five Bathurst podium finishes.
(I'm also obligated to point out he won three consecutive Bathurst 1000 titles in a Ford alongside Jamie Whincup).
But even after he jumped back to Holden in 2010 there is something about the 41-year-old that prevents me from dissing him.
I can not decide whether it is his seemingly permanent positive demeanour, the painted-on smile or the fact he is just a top bloke.
I can't even dislike him when he appears on my television flogging off a product I will never consider buying.
His win with Steven Richards on Sunday, his first since he teamed with Mark Skaife in 2010, was just another example of his controlled, aggressive-at-times style that has proven track record.
He has a chance to win his first championship since 1999, but must overcome a 399-point deficit to do so - and I hope he does.
Meanwhile, Richards is now in the same league as Greg Murphy, Jamie Whincup, Alan Moffat and Bob Jane with four Bathurst 1000 wins each.
He has more wins than legends Dick Johnson and Garth Tander.
Let that sink in.