LOWNDES TO RACE FOR CHARITY AT BATHURST 12 HOUR

Craig Lowndes: Pic: Red Bull

CRAIG Lowndes is set to contest the 2022 Bathurst 12 Hour in a Porsche entry dedicated to promoting the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia.

The 47-year-old Supercars legend’s place on the grid for the May 13-15 race has been confirmed following the release of a 20-car entry list this morning.

Lowndes will be joined in the #222 Porsche by Alex Davison and Am racers Geoff Emery and Scott Taylor, whose eponymous team has recruited Ash Seward Motorsport to help run the car.

A Prostate Cancer Foundation livery has been designed for the entry, while donations points are to be set up at the event, for which it is the official charity partner.

The Porsche to be shared by Craig Lowndes. Pic: TP Race Design

Donations to the Prostate Cancer Foundation can be made directly at the following link: www.pcfau.org/car222.

In addition to his seven Bathurst 1000 crowns, Lowndes is a two-time winner of the Bathurst 12 Hour having scored victory aboard Ferraris in 2014 and ’17.

He’s also previously contested the race in Audi (2011-13), McLaren (2018), Mercedes (2019) and Porsche (2020) GT3 machinery and debuted aboard a Nissan Pulsar back in 1994.

“My family has a strong history of Prostate Cancer so it is an issue that has always been close to my heart,” said Lowndes.

Lowndes is a two-time 12 Hour winner. Pic: TP Race Design

“I have had a long relationship with the Foundation and their efforts to raise awareness about the disease. It can be a taboo subject for many men and it is important to talk about it and go and get checked.

“Hopefully what we are doing this year will encourage people to go and do just that.

“When this opportunity was presented, I couldn’t get behind it quick enough – it’s like the ideal weekend; a chance to raise funds and awareness for a really important cause, but also spend a weekend at Bathurst in a Porsche!

“It wasn’t hard to say yes.”

The 12 Hour marks important racing miles for Lowndes ahead of October’s Repco Bathurst 1000, where he is expected to co-drive a Triple Eight wildcard entry.

Lowndes kept sharp in Carrera Cup last year but has no regular ride this season.

He will compete against Triple Eight in the 12 Hour; the Queensland squad’s Mercedes effort spearheaded by Red Bull Ampol Racing teammates Shane van Gisbergen and Broc Feeney.