Alex Rullo has unveiled the colours in which he’ll make his Virgin Australia Supercars Championship debut at the Clipsal 500 later this week.
The 16-year-old’s Holden carries primary branding from long-time Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport supporter Phil Munday’s Repair Management Australia.
Castrol, which backed Rullo’s 2016 Dunlop Super2 Series campaign, features on the bonnet, while his father Peter’s successful surveying business Land Surveys is also prominent.
“It’s pretty cool to finally release the car. I’m getting really excited for Clipsal,” said Rullo, who will become the category’s youngest ever driver.
“I think the car looks great and I’m looking forward to putting it on the track.
“Clipsal will be a big learning curve but it’ll definitely be exciting.
“As long as we keep it off the walls and have a clean race I think we’ll be fine.”
Team owner Lucas Dumbrell also stressed that simply finishing in Adelaide will be a job well done for the Perth teenager.
The challenge is set to be made even harder by the weather, with low-to-mid 30 degree temperatures predicted throughout the event’s four days.
“You’ve got 500km in Adelaide that are probably the toughest 500km in the championship,” said Dumbrell.
“It’s an unbelievably hard race and Alex is really going to feel it Saturday night after the first 250km.
“He’s playing it down a little bit but I know from over the years… it’ll come as a surprise (to him).
“Unfortunately appendicitis (over the off-season) slowed down his training a bit.
“The expectation is just to finish the races and that’ll be the same at the GP (Albert Park).
“Towards the end of the year I have no doubt he’ll have some standout results, but a lot of full-time guys don’t finish Adelaide.
“Overall I think him joining the championship is a great thing and he wouldn’t be here unless the people that make the decisions see the potential in his ability.”
LDM is yet to confirm its second driver for the season.
As reported on Friday, Aaren Russell is expected to secure the seat following previous signing Matt Chahda’s failure to gain dispensation for a CAMS Superlicence.