Despite the odds being stacked against him, Craig Lowndes has been backed off the map ($8.00-$6.00) to wrest the V8 Supercars title from Mark Winterbottom ($1.10-$1.12) ahead of the championship-deciding Sydney finale.
Bookmaker UBET, the official wagering partner of the V8 Supercars, reports unprecedented support for the Red Bull Racing veteran in the build up to the Sydney 500, which begins tomorrow.
Lowndes trails Winterbottom by 179-points with 300 on offer at the Olympic Park circuit across the weekend and the 41-year-old freely admits its Winterbottom’s title to lose.
“Craig’s always popular with UBET punters, but the investment in him since Phillip Island is like nothing we’ve seen,” said UBET Media Manager Nick Curry.
“Money for him to win the title has been absolutely relentless since he saluted in Race 33, which is a bit of a surprise to be honest, because he needs so much to go his way and so much to go against ‘Frosty’.
“Still, our customers are absolutely convinced Lowndes can defy the odds.”
Since the Philip Island SuperSprint last month, 90% of the bets on the 2015 Championship Winner market have been for the Red Bull driver.
And, to underscore Lowndes’ popularity, 55% of the cash wagered on him to win the Championship has come in the past 10 days.
He and teammate Jamie Whincup are $3.25 co-favourites for Race 1 of the Sydney 500 on Saturday.