The multiple ARC podium place getter was diagnosed with acute leukaemia while competing as part of the RX Academy in Finland in 2018.

He returned to rallying in Australia just a year later and has since gone on to become one of the country’s most promising young drivers aboard a variety of cars including a Ford Fiesta Rally2 which he drove at the end of last season.

After the horrid disease returned earlier this year, Dowel was put on a new immunotherapy trial, after which he underwent the bone marrow transplant.

Troy’s father, the 2011 Australian Rally Champion, Justin Dowel, gave RallySport Magazine an update on his condition.

“The bone marrow transplant went very well,” Justin said. “He is producing his own marrow and neutrophils now.

“He is on immune suppressants for three months which stops his new immune system from attacking his own body.”

In even better news, the family are already planning for the 23-year-old’s return to top-level rallying.

“We are hoping he will be ready for the final round of the ARC in Tasmania,” Justin added.

Should this be the case, it will be one of the greatest comebacks in Australian motorsport.

We wish Troy all the best for his continued recovery.

Troy Dowel could return for the ARC season finale in November.

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