Mike Stevens | Jul 25, 2012

V8 Supercars star and veteran Craig Lowndes has given his blessing to the new circuit at the Sydney Motorsport Park this week, cutting a few laps in his TeamVodafone Holden.

Attacking the 4.5km 'long circuit' at the former Eastern Creek Raceway, Lowndes' laps offer fans a preview of what they can expect at future races.

"Everyone is used to the fast, flowing section of turn one into turn two, but now to have that added extra, with blind corners, crests, and then down into that fairly tight hairpin - I can see a fair bit of overtaking going on into there," Lowndes said.

Lowndes and his rivals will have to wait until 2013 before they can do battle on the long circuit, however.

For next month's Sydney Motorsport Park 360 - round nine of the 2012 V8SC series - V8 Supercar management has elected to stick with the regular 3.9km circuit for 2012.

The aim, Australian Racing Drivers' Club's Ben Nightingale tells TMR, is to let the new track get a little more wear before Australia's premier motorsport series attacks it.

Motorsport fans can look forward to the new circuit making its race debut with the Australian Muscle Car Masters, the week after V8SC round nine event.

The 'long circuit' forms a new 830 metre extension to the existing course, and a number of other links have been added to create four separate track configurations.

These include the 4.5km Long Circuit, the original 3.9km GP Circuit, a 2.8km North GP layout and the 1.9km South GP configuration.

Click here to learn more about the new Sydney Motorsport Park design here, and check out Lowndes' laps below (courtesy of Performance Car Magazine).

The V8 Supercars return to Sydney Motorsport Park, Eastern Creek next month for round nine of the V8 Supercars Championship on August 25 and 26.

Watch TMR for a full race wrap-up.

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