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Trinity College student ALEX RULLO becomes the youngest ever Supercars Championship driver when he hits the grid at the Clipsal 500 next month.
The teenage Western Australian racing prodigy has joined Melbourne-based Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport after strutting his stuff with the team in the 2016 Dunlop Series.
Interestingly, at 16 and eight months, he’ll beat the record held since 1999 by Paul Dumbrell – Lucas’ younger sibling.
It’s a huge leap from the young bloke’s supercar debut at the 2014 Wanneroo 300 at Barbagallo Raceway, before joining the Kumho Series.
“It’s always been my dream to reach the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship,” said Alex. “It’s an awesome opportunity and I’m excited to get started and make the most of it. I think I’ve proven to the people around me through the Kumho and Dunlop Series that I can do it. I’ve been training as hard as possible for Clipsal. Bring it on.”
He’ll be racing on a provisional license after being granted special dispensation from CAMS to compete.
And there’s a timely reminder from Lucas Dumbrell about the new Dunlop tyre compound in 2017, that will have all pilots facing the task of altering their driving styles.
“This will be an advantage to Alex as all drivers will be virgins to the new compound,” he said
If you’re wondering, the youngster will remain based in Perth with his Year 12 studies. at Trinity.
Alex has his first test of the season at Victoria’s Winton next Thursday, February 16.
Edited by AC.