CRAIG LOWNDES will headline a team formed with the sole purpose of raising funds and awareness for Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA) at the 2022 LIQUI MOLY Bathurst 12 Hour.
Lowndes, a two-time winner of the 12-Hour, will be joined by Alex Davison, Geoff Emery and Scott Taylor, aboard a Scott Taylor Motorsport Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Car at the May 13-15 event.
The car will field a livery entirely dedicated to PCFA, which will also be the official charity partner of the event for the first time.
The Prostate Cancer Foundation Porsche will be supported by experienced Porsche squad, Ashley Seward Motorsport.
Around 18,000 Australian men are diagnosed each year with prostate cancer, and over 3,300 will die from the disease.
Fundraising on the day will include donation points at the event this year, at the town-to-track activation on Thursday prior to the race and via online portals on the Bathurst 12 Hour and Supercars websites.
Lowndes has won the 12-Hour on two occasions and the Repco Bathurst 1000 seven times and remains one of Australian Motorsport’s most popular figures.
Thanks to a strong family history of Prostate Cancer, Lowndes has long been a supporter of the Prostate Cancer Foundation’s efforts to raise both funding and awareness for their efforts.
Alex Davison is a former Porsche factory driver, a Carrera Cup Australia champion and has 17 starts in the Bathurst 1000 to his credit.
Davison’s family has also been affected by Prostate cancer with his well-known father, Richard, also having battled the illness.
Geoff Emery is a multiple national circuit racing champion and last year finished runner up in the ProAm class of Porsche Carrera Cup Australia, while Taylor is an experienced GT racer, Carrera Cup competitor and team owner.
The LIQUI MOLY Bathurst 12 Hour will be broadcast live on Fox Sports, Kayo Sports and the Seven Network next weekend (May 13-15).
Donations can be made via the Prostate Cancer Foundation website directly at the following link: www.pcfau.org/car222
“My family has a strong history of Prostate Cancer so it is an issue that has always been close to my heart.
“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.
“We’re all really excited about getting to the track. We’re going there to have a great time and really enjoy the whole race and everything around it.
“The important element of the weekend is doing what we can to get the word out about the Prostate Cancer Foundation’s efforts and then having a great time with a good group of guys in the Porsche.”
“The LIQUI MOLY Bathurst 12 Hour is proud to be associated with the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia as our official charitable partner for 2022.
“It is an important cause that men need to be aware of, to know their risks of prostate cancer and talk to a GP about having a PSA blood test. The 12-Hour is a platform that can spread that word far and wide, to the many thousands of people attending the event in person, or the millions watching the broadcast in Australia, New Zealand and around the world.
“We hope to make a significant impact on the foundation’s fundraising efforts and raise awareness among Bathurst 12 Hour fans in the process.”
CEO, Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia
PCFA’s CEO, Anne Savage, said the event would rapidly accelerate awareness of Australia’s most common male cancer.
“This partnership puts us in pole position to help close the distance between awareness and action on prostate cancer in Australia.
“Two in every three Australian men diagnosed with Stage 4 prostate cancer will die within five years of being diagnosed, but if we can detect prostate cancer before it spreads, we can beat it.
“Having the support of Craig Lowndes and the 2022 LIQUI MOLY Bathurst 12 Hour will enable us to get the message out to men – they need to know their family history and talk to their GP about PSA testing.”