Brock secret inspires Lowndes at Bathurst

In 1994, Peter Brock first shared his secret to winning a record nine Bathurst 1000 titles with protege Craig Lowndes.

More than 20 years later, those same words will guide Lowndes in his quest to honour his great mentor at Mount Panorama.

Sunday’s Great Race will remember the 10th anniversary of Brock’s death.

But sentimental favourite Lowndes has never forgotten the man dubbed “King of the Mountain”.

Especially those fateful words the motorsport legend uttered at Lowndes’ first Bathurst all those years ago.

“When I lobbed in 1994 I struggled immensely to get up to pace,” Lowndes told AAP.

“It wasn’t until he sat me down and told me how to get around this track that I started to understand what was required.

“I still use his key points to get around.”

They have turned out to be handy tips.

Lowndes is aiming for Bathurst title No.7 on Sunday.

It will equal Jim Richards’ haul – and trail only Brock on the all-time list.

But it seems Lowndes will need all the help he can get.

He will start 21st on the grid after his worst Bathurst qualifying effort.

However, with Brock’s words still ringing in his ears no one has ruled out Lowndes pulling off what would be his most inspirational Bathurst win.

“When I joined the team back then (1994) I hadn’t achieved too much but Peter took me under his wing and taught me the sport – everything from the corporate side to driving the car,” Lowndes said.

“When I get closer to race day it will start getting more emotional but I think it will only spark good memories for me.”

Lowndes wept on the podium when he accepted the inaugural Peter Brock Trophy for winning the 2006 Bathurst 1000 – the year of his mentor’s death.

That year the trophy was presented by Brock’s brother Phil – a role he will again play on Sunday.

Lowndes admitted the stars aligned that year – and did not rule out a repeat this weekend.

“I am approaching this the same as 2006,” he said.

“I am not superstitious but when I think back on that day it all went our way.

“Having Phil (Brock) here to present it again is special but to mark 10 years (with a win) would be quite amazing.”

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