Motor racing legend Peter Brock’s wife Bev fears for V8 Supercars, saying the championship lacks standout characters apart from veteran Craig Lowndes.
Brock protege Lowndes, 41, has at least another two seasons left on his Holden contract after narrowly missing out on his fourth V8 title this year and first since 1999.
But six-time Bathurst 1000 winner Lowndes has begun to take a back seat at his Holden team with Kiwi gun Shane van Gisbergen joining them in an expanded three-car garage in 2016.
Much to Bev Brock’s anxiety.
“When Craig eventually retires, I am concerned because we don’t have standout characters any more,” Bev Brock told AAP.
“You need characters. You’ve got to have personalities that attract people to the sport.
“The drivers today are homogenised by the sport because it is the package that they want to put out there rather than concentrate on the driver.
“The personality side of it has gone.”
The late Peter Brock became a household name through touring car and later V8 racing glory, winning the Bathurst 1000 nine times – still a record.
Lowndes has never been comfortable comparing himself with Brock in public but Bev Brock believed deep down it spurred him.
Asked if it was unfair for Lowndes to be compared with Brock, she said: “I think he loves it, he thrives on it.
“Peter took him under his wing and gave him advice early in his career and Craig chose to accept that.
“Peter gave that advice to other young guys, most didn’t take it and you can see it.
“But Craig took it on board and ran with it.”
Bev Brock said she could still see similarities between her late husband and Lowndes.
“He went heartbreakingly close to winning it (championship),” she said of Lowndes, who fell less than 250 points short of Ford’s Mark Winterbottom.
“The mere fact that he was up there at the pointy end says an enormous amount.
“I liken that to Peter who was still claiming poles and still winning races in his final year – that will be Craig.
“He (Lowndes) has such a wealth of experience and he is so driven and does it in a manner that is so engaging – it’s incredible.”
Bev Brock on Wednesday opened the largest collection of her husband’s racing vehicles – dubbed “Brock’s Garage” – at the Gold Coast’s Dreamworld.