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Lowndes an asset to Supercars team: Murphy

Supercars star Craig Lowndes' decision to retire from full-time racing at the end of the year will only boost his value to his team, ex-teammate Greg Murphy believes.

Lowndes will continue on as an endurance co-driver for Triple Eight Race Engineering in 2019, with team owner Roland Dane yet to decide whether to partner the six-time Bathurst champion with Jamie Whincup or Shane Van Gisbergen.

Whincup won three Bathurst titles with Lowndes in 2006, '07 and '08 but has a well established co-driver partnership with Paul Dumbrell which has already delivered the 2012 Bathurst 1000 and two Sandown 500 titles.

Van Gisbergen has had several different partners during his time at the Red Bull Holden Racing Team and is yet to win either at Sandown or Bathurst.

Murphy, who partnered with Lowndes to victory in the 1996 Bathurst 1000, said the scramble to secure the 44-year-old between Whincup and Van Gisbergen will be intriguing.

"I'm sure there's going to be a lot of conversations but certainly his value within that team is going to be, yes, an interesting one for a quite a long period of time," Murphy told AAP.

Murphy expects Lowndes to be hard to beat as a co-driver as he attempts to close in on the record tally of nine Bathurst victories held by his mentor Peter Brock.

"There'll be no change in his passion for desire or success ... he'll do really well," Murphy said.

"I found that really quite difficult because of the lack of miles that I was doing whereas I think his feeling for the car, his understanding of the car and his natural ability will see him through for as long as he chooses to do it."

Whincup backed his partnership with Dumbrell but said if Dane opted to reboot the successful pairing with Lowndes he would welcome it.

"PD's done a job, we've done a great job together, we're great mates, but if the option is there for me to be with CL then, yeah, it's certainly a fantastic option for me," he told AAP.

Dane has yet to decide who'll replace Lowndes in Triple Eight's third Holden next year, or if the team will even run three cars in 2019.

"At the moment we're concentrating our efforts on giving Craig the best possible end to his full-time career and we'll think about what comes after that, whether it's two, three, four cars, in the weeks to come," Dane said.