Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport have today made history after they have just signed the youngest driver of the V8 Supercars Championship to date, Alex Rullo. At just 16 years of age, the Perth born and bred young gun will complete LDM’s one of two car entries and will make his first appearance at the teams first test day at Winton Raceway 16th February.
It’s been a rapid rise in the youngster’s racing career, starting in a local WA state series in 2014, he has achieved remarkable success and is now set to take on this opportunity at the highest level of Australian competition.
Rullo completed a full year in the Dunlop Series with LDM in the 2016 Championship, with main game driver, Nick Percat as mentor. The young schoolboy’s top effort was a pair of top 6 finishes at his home track at Barbagallo Raceway and Sandown Raceway.
Team owner Lucas Dumbrell says he is pleased to continue the partnership with Rullo and watch him grow as a driver and as a person.
“It’s really great to have Alex stay on with us this year and step up into the main series. He did a really good job last year in the development series and it is evident he has a lot of potential,” said Dumbrell.
“For a 16 year old, Alex shows a level of maturity beyond his years and applies this to all areas of racing.
“We look forward to watching Alex continue to grow and develop his skills as a driver throughout the year.
“With the brand new Dunlop tyre compound in 2017, all drivers will have the task of altering their driving style. This will be an advantage to Alex as all drivers will be virgins to the new compound.”
Whilst juggling year 12 and making history as the youngest driver to compete in the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, the youngster acknowledges the opportunity that sits in front of him.
“Being the youngest driver in the field is going to give me such a great opportunity and enable me to learn as much as possible at a young age, which is something that I am extremely grateful for,” said Rullo.
“I’m honored to be sharing the stage with some of the best drivers in the most competitive touring car championship in the world. I have massive respect for all them and look forward to using them as a benchmark.”
Having driven for LDM last year, Rullo is familiar with the cockpit dynamics, which will be one less area to have to acclimatize to.
“Last year my car was very similar to the main game cars, so my office certainly won’t look unfamiliar,” admitted Rullo.
“The big challenge will be adapting to the soft tyre this year which is used in the majority of events.”
The young Supercar driver will continue to don his racing number #62, which he ran on last years Castrol backed Holden VF Commodore.
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