17 Feb

Alex Rullo takes positives from first 2017 running

Young gun Alex Rullo has yesterday completed his first test day at Winton Raceway in the #62 VF Holden Commodore, with Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport.

The Melbourne based team were eager to conduct a Rookie Test Day prior to the official Supercars test at Sydney Motorsport Park, set for the 21st February.

The test marked the first occasion Rullo was able to work with new engineer Tim Newton. The experienced engineer rejoins the Supercar Championship after a two-year absence, who was most recently employed with engineering firm, Premcar.

Tim has amassed an impressive resume after working with the likes of Russell Ingall, Tim Slade, Renee Gracie, Dean Fiore and Paul Morris just to name but a few, and now looks forward to working alongside Perth’s schoolboy, Alex Rullo.

“I think he has a lot of potential and I’m eager on working with him and getting the most out of him this year,” said Newton.

A minor off from Rullo early in the running at Winton Raceway, caused a short delay for the team, however didn’t hamper getting through the busy test schedule for the day.

“Overall, the test went quite well but there are still many areas where improvement can be made,” said Newton.

“We covered a lot of territory and that’s what this test day was for.

“We had a few hiccups here and there and were unable to test on a soft set of tyres in the end, but we got where we wanted to be at the end of the day.

“Today was all about making sure that the cars mechanically ran well and that the team and drivers are all comfortable and are working well together.”

The Development Series graduate said that he was happy with how the day went and was glad to get back behind the wheel.

“There are areas we would like to improve on, but over all, it was really good just to get back into the car and have a steer after a 3 month break,” admitted Rullo.

“I’m looking forward to the Sydney test and seeing what the new Supercars tyre compound is capable of and getting more laps in the car.”

After last year, having a full – time engineer is essential to young Rullo’s progression and looks forward to building a solid relationship with Tim (Newton).

“We are starting to build a really good relationship and I’m looking forward to working with Tim for the rest of the racing year,” Rullo stated.

Stay tuned for more up and coming news, as LDM get set to travel to Sydney next week, along with the entire V8 Supercars field, where teams will conduct a compulsory test with the new Dunlop tyre.

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