Heroic injury comeback for Aussie Racing Cars veteran

Ruth Bowler at Baskerville pic: Digital Realism

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

Num Sponsor Driver State Body Type
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

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