Ruth Bowler is set to make a heroic return to the Aussie Racing Cars series for this weekend’s season-opener just three weeks after being able to walk unaided again.
Bowler, now a decade-long racer in the series, was absent for four of the seven rounds of last season after suffering from a severe leg condition.
Doctors have had to perform reconstructive surgery on the limb which has seen the driver only begin to walk again in December last year.
In between episodes of surgery, she will partake in Round 1 this weekend at Baskerville Raceway.
“The lymphatic system in my left leg failed,” Bowler explained to Speedcafe.com.
“I had to have anastomosis, total reconstructive surgery in my left leg.
“I only started walking in December and it’s probably only been three weeks since I’ve been walking unaided.”
Bowler, who notched up 200 races in Aussie Racing Cars at Queensland Raceway in 2016, said that she was happy to be racing again before one to two more surgeries.
“I think it’s important to be back, mentally,” she added.
“The fact that I’m walking is important for me and by racing I’ll get my fitness back before I go into the next round of surgery, which will be the same again.”
Bowler will be part of a 27-car field for Round 1, which supports the Baskerville Raceway 60th Anniversary meeting.
Tasmanian Adam Gowans, the 2009 series winner, has entered for the Hobart meeting, while 2014 Kumho V8 Touring Car series winner Justin Ruggier joins the series this year with Western Sydney Motorsport.
Former karting champs Kel Treseder and Blake Sciberras, as well as last-start pole-sitter Joel Heinrich, are also likely to be among the front-runners.
James Duckworth, however, has elected to focus on speedway this year after back-to-back Aussie Racing Cars titles.
Practice is taking place today before qualifying and two races tomorrow, and a warm-up and two more races on Sunday.
Entry list: Round 1, Baskerville Raceway
|2||Valvoline Gowans Racing||Adam Gowans||TAS||Aurion|
|3||McDonalds Restaurants||Madison Dunston||QLD||Camaro|
|4||Variety Group||Brendon Tucker||QLD||Camaro|
|6||Silkgate Group||Ian Chivas||QLD||Nissan Altima|
|8||Western Sydney Motorsport||Justin Ruggier||NSW||Mustang|
|9||Ruthie Racer Racing||Ruth Bowler||VIC||Ford Coupe|
|10||Bobs 4WD Centre||Shane Burns||QLD||Commodore|
|11||Conplex Constructions||Leigh Bowler||VIC||Camaro|
|13||Cumberland River Holiday Park||Ross Higgins||VIC||Camaro|
|15||Lustre Bar Melbourne||Adam Clark||VIC||Nissan Altima|
|16||Osborns Transport||Joel Heinrich||SA||Nissan Altima|
|19||Griffith Transport||Mark Griffith||QLD||Euro GT|
|21||The Friendly Grocer||Kyle Ensbey||QLD||Mustang|
|25||Motorsport 25||Reece Chapman||NSW||Camaro|
|29||Western Sydney Motorsport||Grant Thompson||NSW||Mustang|
|36||RDA Brakes/Perenso||Joshua Anderson||NSW||Camaro|
|52||Western Sydney Motorsport||Charlotte Poynting||NSW||Camaro|
|57||Sean Rose Motorsport||Johnathon Bloxsom||QLD||Nissan Altima|
|63||Uebergang Transport||Adam Uebergang||QLD||Camaro|
|65||Axil Coffee Roasters||David Makin||VIC||Camaro|
|68||Western Sydney Motorsport||Blake Sciberras||NSW||Mustang|
|71||Nissan Financial Services, Muswellbrook Yamaha, Muswellbrook Cinema||Michael Rinkin||NSW||Camaro|
|72||Western Sydney Motorsport||Craig Thompson||NSW||Mustang|
|75||KKP Motorsport||Kel Treseder||QLD||Camaro|
|77||Spray Booth Services Australasia||Sam Chester||NSW||Commodore|
|96||Aughterson’s Insurance Brokers||Jeff Watters||VIC||Nissan Altima|
|100||Laser Electrical||Tony Quinn||QLD||Mustang|