BARBAGALLO young gun Alex Rullo is racing this weekend in the Virgin Australia Supercars Perth SuperSprint with the support of West Australian company Strike Drilling as naming rights sponsor.
Strike Drilling managing director Richard Bennett said Rullo’s story was a great West Australian story.
“We have Alex Rullo, a home grown teen making his mark in history as the youngest driver ever to compete in the Supercars and we think it’s important WA companies get behind him and help make his dream a reality,’’ he said.
At a time when many WA companies are shying away from sponsoring local talent and events, Bennett believes now is the time to step up to the plate.
“It’s nice to see young local guys coming through and it’s good to support them, to help them get up.’’
Bennett has a passion for racing and is a former competitive Australian GT driver and also raced against Peter Rullo, Alex’s dad, in the Targa West as well as participating in the Sydney to London car rally.
“To race at this level is something I would have loved to have done if I had the opportunity.
“The reality is, I was never in the position to do so.
I am however in the position to support Alex and he has the talent, the skill and the fighter pilot reactions that will see him go far in Supercars.’’
Rullo is hitting his racing straps and was set for a top ten finish in the recent WD-40 Phillip Island SuperSprint before another driver crashed into him, forcing him out of the race.
Rullo said it was fantastic to have a WA born and bred company supporting him in a home round at Barbagallo Raceway.
“It means so much to not only have the support from Strike Drilling but to also know that they believe in me and it’s great that Richard has the same passion for Supercars as I do.’’