ALEX Rullo will make Australian motorsport history this Sunday when he becomes the nation's youngest driver to race a V8 Supercar.
The Jane Brook 14-year-old, a Year 9 Trinity College student, is a confirmed starter in the Wanneroo 300 enduro at Barbagallo Raceway, sharing the wheel of a five-litre Falcon with Melbourne driver Jack le Brocq.
He and his dad Peter, who will co-drive a Monaro with Matthew White, will mount a two-car team assault on the Wanneroo 300.
Peter is a regular top contender in WA’s Targa West tarmac rallies, is also a front-runner in V8s and competed at Bathurst this year.
‘It’s been a long journey for Alex to get to this point,’ Peter said.
‘He has the skill and the passion to be an absolute superstar.
‘In his first practice session the other day he came within 0.2 of a second of my best time round the track ” and his time would have put him on pole position for last year’s 300.’
To compete in a V8 Supercar, Alex had to have his CAMS licence upgraded via a stringent system.
He competed in a variety of classes, including the WA Hyundai Excel series, which he won, the Suzuki Swift series in Queensland and a fortnight ago he had his first drive in a Formula Vee at Barbagallo Raceway, where he finished fourth.
That gave him enough racing experience and signatures to apply for his National Circuit licence.
‘The experience of upgrading my licence was great,’ Alex said.
‘I learnt more about driving and car set-up from every meeting.’
Co-driver Le Brocq is looking forward to driving with him.
‘Everyone should keep their eye on this young fella,’ he posted online.
‘Alex did a mega job the other day in Perth and showed maturity behind the wheel that is well beyond his age.’
The Wanneroo 300 starts at 2.05pm on Sunday.