VETERAN race driver and now seven-time Bathurst 1000 winner Craig Lowndes was formally made an honourary citizen of the city ahead of Sunday’s 161-lap endurance race.
Mayor Graeme Hanger presented Lowndes with a framed certificate during the pre-race broadcast and thanked the racing legend for being a “good ambassador for Bathurst” throughout his career.
“Council has made him an honourary citizen of Bathurst and we’re very, very proud,” he said.
“He has done so much for Bathurst, for Mount Panorama, for motor sport.”
Lowndes said it was a great honour to receive in a city he had such fond memories of.
“[Bathurst] is like a second home to us and we love coming here, we love racing here and we wish we could race more often,” he said.
“It really is a great honour. When I got the phone call from Graeme it was really special.
“It came out of the blue.”
After the presentation, Lowndes went on to win the Bathurst 1000 with co-driver Steven Richards.