This car is the first Ford Falcon that Craig Lowndes drove in the 2001 V8 Supercar Championship after switching from Holden to Ford.
Craig achieved 3rd and 2nd place results on debut for Ford at the Australian Grand Prix meeting at Albert Park in 2001, before winning the first race at the 2001 Clipsal 500 in Adelaide, his maiden victory in a Ford.
This car’s graphic black and silver livery set a new benchmark in the design and presentation of V8 Supercars and would become a hallmark of the Gibson Motorsport Team in this era.
Prior to 2001, Craig Lowndes was Holden’s ‘poster boy’, and had won three V8 Supercar titles and the Bathurst 1000 driving for the Holden Racing Team. A fan favourite, Lowndes had been recruited to be the public face of the Falcon in racing in late 2000 by Geoff Polites, the President of Ford Australia at the time. Polites saw the combination of Craig’s public profile, plus his car handling skills and racecraft as the best means to overturn Holden’s dominance of V8 Supercar competition.
The Ford Motor Company’s hopes of a Bathurst victory in the new millennium came close with Craig and Glenn Seton achieving second places in 2003 and 2004, but it was not until Craig Lowndes moved to the 888 squad that he provided a hat-trick of Bathurst wins in 2006, 2007 and 2008 with co-driver Jamie Whincup in Ford Falcons.