Priaulx, who now competes with BMW in the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup series after six years in the World Touring Car Championship, discovered the lump during a routine check-up in the lead up to this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours, in which he finished on the podium in the GT class.
After a successful surgery, the lump proved not to have any cancerous cells, leaving the 36-year-old relieved and looking forward to getting back behind the cockpit.
“I very soon realised how lucky I was to be part of the BMW Motorsport family, and I cannot thank everyone in the team enough for the support they gave me,” he is quoted as saying.
“The time around Le Mans was difficult for me as I knew I would be having this operation a few days later, but in the team we were determined not to broadcast the news as I didn’t want any negativity to surround this great event. The end result was a great podium for us.
“So a big thank you to my family, friends and fans for their messages of support. My wife, Jo, was by my side all the time and our parents were amazing in how they made sure we had nothing to worry about.”
Priaulx will miss this weekend’s Nürburgring 24 Hours, as well as next weekend’s ILMC race at Imola while he continues to recover.
Priaulx is rumoured to be one of the drivers headlining BMW’s return to the DTM championship next year.
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