NUNAWADING, Australia — Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport has confirmed that 16-year-old Alex Rullo will drive one of the team’s two Holden VF Commodores during this year’s Virgin Australia Supercars Championship season.
Rullo, a Perth native, will bring with him the No. 62 from his time with LDM in the Dunlop Series and becomes the youngest driver in the history of the Supercars Championship.
His first official appearance with the team will be during a test day at Winton Raceway on Feb. 16.
Rullo completed a full year in the Dunlop Series last season, with main game driver Nick Percat serving as his mentor. The young schoolboy’s best efforts were a pair of top-six finishes; one at his home track, Barbagallo Raceway, and the other at Sandown Raceway.
Team owner Lucas Dumbrell says he is pleased to continue the partnership with Rullo this year as he steps up to the premier level of Australian motorsport.
“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 tire 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 fresh to the new compound.”
A senior in high school and making history as the youngest driver to compete in the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, Rullo 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 he will have to acclimate to.
“Last year my car was very similar to the main game cars, so my office certainly won’t look unfamiliar,” added Rullo. “The big challenge will be adapting to the soft tire this year in the majority of events.”
The 2017 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship kicks off March 4-5 with the Clipsal 500 Adelaide.
CREDIT: Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport