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Tuesday, May 28, 2024


TICKFORD Racing rookie Thomas Randle will carry a revised Castrol livery into the Sandown SuperSprint in the name of charity.

The new-look #55 Ford Mustang will support a fundraising initiative for ONTrac at Peter Mac Victorian Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Service.

It’s a cause that hits close to home for the 26-year-old, who was diagnosed with testicular cancer in 2020.

“I am really honoured to be representing Peter Mac on the grid for this year’s Sandown SuperSprint,” said Randle, who has now been cancer-free for 18 months.

“Peter Mac were instrumental in treating me during my period with testicular cancer, while also providing me with further assistance from the ONTrac at Peter Mac service, which provides support to adolescents and young adults affected by cancer.

“Last year we held a ride day at Sandown for a bunch of young patients, so it is going to be great to replicate that after the round this year.

“We’ll also have 100 Peter Mac staff and patients past and present joining us across the weekend to cheer on the Castrol Racing Mustang.

“I am also very excited to be launching a Castrol Racing Peter Mac fundraiser to help drive towards a cancer-free future, where all donations will be going towards ONTrac at Peter Mac.

The new-look #55 Mustang

“As a current board member of the Victorian Youth Cancer Action Board, I am really excited for this initiative and really hope that people can get behind the fundraiser and help make a life-changing difference for people living with cancer.”

ONTrac medical director Jeremy Lewin expressed his gratitude.

“We are thrilled to have such fantastic support from Thomas and the team at Castrol Racing through their program across the Sandown weekend,” he said.

“Our service exists to help young people with cancer navigate the extra challenges we know they face.

“The years 15-25 are a critical period for a person’s development and trajectory in life, and facing a cancer diagnosis and its treatment during that time can be particularly disruptive.

“The service provides a range of supports aimed at improving outcomes and experiences of young people with cancer.

Randle won the Super2 title in 2020

“We have worked closely with Thomas since his own cancer diagnosis in 2020, and are delighted to see him doing so well today, and also by his work in support of our service.”

Added Jan Willink of Castrol: “Castrol is extremely proud to support the work done by Peter Mac through their adolescent and young adult cancer service.

“Whether it’s raising awareness, funds, or simply providing unique opportunities for those involved with Peter Mac programs, we’re thrilled that Castrol can play a small role.

“I know that the most enjoyable laps Thomas Randle drives this year in the Castrol Racing Mustang will be those with passengers from Peter Mac!”

Randle has undergone a chassis change since last month’s action at Tailem Bend, when a dream front-row start turned into chaos as he stalled off the line and was collected at high-speed by Brad Jones Racing’s Andre Heimgartner.

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