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Holden’s Red Bull Racing duo Craig Lowndes, Jamie Whincup crash out at Bathurst 1000

Red Bull Racing’s team championship dreams for 2020 have gone up in smoke at the Bathurst 1000 with superstar driver Jamie Whincup crashing out after just 34 laps.

The experienced Holden star, who is teamed up with veteran seven-time Bathurst winner Craig Lowndes, put his car into the wall as he tried to win back fourth position from young Brodie Kostecki.

Whincup had locked the rears flying down Conrod Straight a lap earlier and dropped back to fifth as rival Chaz Mostert closed in the rear.

In a bid to quickly win back his spot, Whincup ran wide at The Cutting and slammed the right rear of his Holden into the wall.

“This place here, you’ve got to have respect for it because it can bite you,” a shattered Lowndes said.

“We’ve all made mistakes here. It is a shame because the car was working extremely well.”

In Holden’s last race at Mt Panorama, Whincup was gutted he and Lowndes had failed to finish for the first time since 2002.

“I smoked the rears pretty heavily at The Chase… and I probably underestimated the surface temp going up into The Cutting,” Whincup said.

“In hindsight I should have waited another lap and I probably would have got him.

“Disappointed for everyone … (The Red Bull team) deserve better.”

Whincup, a four-time winner at the track, was able to walk away from the crash uninjured.

“It’s completely unforgiving up there,” commentator Neil Crompton said.

“It’s lucky the other two (Kostecki and Mostert) didn’t get caught up in a ricochet moment there.

“This is something (Whincup) would look at in time and go, ‘I coulda, shoulda’.

“Whincup out of the game, he’s really frustrated with himself.”

The crash sums up an ordinary showing for Whincup at Bathurst in 2020, after dropping to 10th in the shootout.

Whincup ran wide at The Chase and dropped out of contention for the prized pole position, which was claimed by Cam Waters.

Luckily for Whincup, he was promoted to ninth when Nick Percat’s car was found to have a technical breach.

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