Lowndes, SVG pair up for Bathurst 12 Hour
CRAIG Lowndes and Shane van Gisbergen will join forces to spearhead McLaren's attack on the 2018 Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour.
The Supercars stars - normally teammates at Triple Eight - will share a YNA Autosport McLaren 650S GT3 with French factory McLaren racer Côme Ledogar in the sportscar endurance race on February 4.
The trio comprises the strongest entry on paper when it comes to prior Mount Panorama success: nine career wins in endurance races at Bathurst including three out of the last four wins 12 Hours.
Lowndes won last year's event paired with fellow Supercars teammate Jamie Whincup in a Ferrari, but is relishing his first GT race aboard a McLaren.
"The Bathurst 12 Hour is one of my absolute favourite events, so I am delighted to have the chance to defend my win in 2017 but in a McLaren for the first time," Lowndes said.
"McLaren is an iconic name in motor racing and the 650S is a serious bit of kit, so I am really excited about the opportunity to race it at Bathurst with Shane (Van Gisbergen) and Côme (Ledogar). I can't wait."
For van Gisbergen it's a return to the marque with whom he demolished the outright Mount Panorama lap records in 2016, leaving the race lap record at 2m01.567s on his way to the race win.
"I'm excited to be back in a McLaren for the Bathurst 12 Hour," van Gisbergen said.
"It's good to team up with Côme again, I drove with him in 2016 when we won the Blancpain Endurance Series in a McLaren 650S GT3, and driving with Craig to help him defend his 2017 title.
"I think we've got a strong driver line up, a strong team and a strong car, so I'm looking forward to the event."
For YNA Autosport, it will be the start of a planned international motorsport campaign for 2018, which will include selected overseas events. The drivers of the team's second car have yet to be revealed.