Following wins number 98 and 99 at Tasmania, Red Bull's Craig Lowndes stands on the verge of reaching 100 career V8 Supercars victories during this weekend's Perth round at Barbagallo Raceway.

Lowndes, who currently sits third in the point standings, would be the first driver to reach the landmark total after having already eclipsed Mark Skaife's previous record of 90 V8 Supercars victories.

The odds stack up well for the Red Bull man as his exemplary record around the Barbagallo Raceway - currently standing at 15 victories - makes Lowndes the most successful winner of the Perth event.

For the weekend ahead, though, Lowndes says getting his Triple Eight Holden Commodore to work in harmony with the Dunlop rubber will be critical on an abrasive track surface which tends to punish the tyres around the 2.4 kilometre lap.

"I'm looking forward to heading over to Perth. I think that Barbagallo is a circuit that, like Tassie, has a very quick lap time with a small duration of the track, but it's very important to get the car balance right," said Lowndes.

"It's not necessarily a driver or a braking track, it's all about getting the flow of the car right and looking after the tyres. We know that the bitumen surface wears into the tyres very quickly.

"Qualifying is also obviously going to be very important like Tassie and having the three races, especially with the soft tyre option on Sunday again, will make it important to get the strategy and the balance of the car right."

Incidentally, Lowndes' all-conquering Red Bull team mate Jamie Whincup also stands within just nine further wins of reaching the same milestone after victories at Adelaide and Tasmania has moved the six-time champion ahead of Skaife's tally.



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