Racing door-to-door in the Dunlop Super2 Series is proving a coping mechanism of sorts for Thomas Randle through his battle with testicular cancer.
Joining MW Motorsport in the off-season to tackle his third season in the second-tier series, Randle was a leading contender all weekend at the Superloop Adelaide 500 and took the Sunday race win.
It’s not yet clear whether he will be able to back that up at the second round in Symmons Plains on April 4-5, having been originally scheduled to begin chemotherapy this week.
That process could now be delayed, with Randle undergoing another set of blood tests today.
“Then I will see my oncologist on Wednesday and probably will find out what’s the next step,” he added.
Having announced his condition earlier this year, the 22-year-old is doing everything in his power to keep life in the fast lane and hopes to continue his pursuit for a maiden title.
"Unfortunately it is still a balance that’s going on but I think the race track is really my therapy," Randle said.
"The whole week a lot of people have given me good wishes.
"You really don’t want to talk about it, as much as I felt it was important to go public with something like this because this is a disease that affects so many people around the world.
"The fact that I’m so young and I can get it means that any of the guys next to me can get it as well, so I just wanted to spread some awareness.
"It’s great getting well wishes but still at the same time in a way you get sick of bringing it up so it’s just nice to be out there in the car.
“That’s my therapy... it’s nice to focus on the job.
"I really hope I can be on the grid at the next round because I really want to challenge this guy [Brodie Kostecki] for the title.”
Randle has made changes to his diet to help his fight against cancer.
“I’m not going to Maccas every day anymore which is pretty annoying,” he joked.
"Nah, I’m just really trying to eat as healthy as I can. There’s certain fruits and vegetables that can help with trying to fight against cancer cells."
In a feel-good story to kick off the season, Randle claimed the first ARMOR ALL Pole Position of the year and his first pole at the Adelaide street circuit, shading Brodie Kostecki.
He then finished runner-up to Kostecki in the opening two races, before denying the Eggleston Motorsport driver a near-perfect weekend with a win in the finale.
Randle leaves Adelaide second in the standings, just two points behind Kostecki.
"I have just got to thank the team, it’s a new team for me, Matt White Motorsport," he added.
"They’ve produced an incredible car, I feel like I can really show my speed with this chassis.
“It’s a great start for the 2020 campaign and the dream is still alive that I will win this championship."
The winner of the 2020 Super2 Series will be awarded $400,000 to go towards securing a main game drive next year.