Brothers and race car drivers Ben and Michael Kavich are returning to the track for the 2023 edition of the Hi-Tec Oils Bathurst 6-Hour, this time round joined by Supercars driver Thomas Randle.
Racing in support of lifesaving breast cancer clinical trials research, the trio will be hitting the track in their pink liveried Race For A Cure vehicle. Randle’s addition is a welcome surprise, with the driver having fought his own battle with cancer.
Race For A Cure was founded by Toula Kavich (Ben’s wife) following her breast cancer diagnosis immediately after the inaugural Bathurst 6-Hour in 2016. Her prognosis shocked the family, which had already been significantly impacted by the insidious disease.
It was then that the brothers found a way to combine their passion for motorsport with such an important cause, helping to spare as many families as possible from the effects caused by breast cancer.
Since starting Race For A Cure in 2017, the Kavich family has raised close to $130,000 for Breast Cancer Trials research. This year will be the seventh consecutive Bathurst 6-Hour they’ve competed in too.
Taking the wheel in the X Class in a Garth Walden Racing built and prepared BMW M2 Competition, they’ll be looking to better their best ever finish from last year, placing 7th overall and 6th in class.
Tickford Racing driver Randle will use the race as a platform for awareness.
“I am absolutely thrilled to be racing with Ben and Michael this year, especially supporting a cause that’s particularly close to my heart,” he said. “Hopefully, we can get a great result in the X Class.”
The Race For A Cure car will also have a splash of yellow as it marks the third year for Yellow Pages as its official sponsor for this event, having been a long-time partner of the Kavich family in AusCar and at Bathurst in the 1980s.
“This year we’re proud to be continuing our partnership with the Kavich family and Race For A Cure. This partnership enables life-saving Breast Cancer Trials research, and we are thrilled to be a part of it,” Yellow Pages CRO Elise Balsillie said.
“We hope that together, we can continue supporting a cause that impacts so many Australian women.”
The Bathurst 6-Hour is set to be held across the April 7-9 Easter long weekend, and the 2023 event will see three days of almost non-stop track action culminating in a capacity field of 66 cars taking part in the timed event.
Featuring a record field, the 2023 6-hour will be broadcast live, ad-free, and on-demand on Stan Sport. You can find out more about the research the team supports on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BreastCancerTrials
For more information, or to make a donation, visit www.raceforacure.org.au