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Expanded Yellow Squad announces first RX2 driver at Autosport International

WRX

15 Jan 2020

Credit: Yellow Squad/Sanna Krantz

Yellow Squad has announced that Dan Skocdopole will drive for the team in the World Rallycross-supporting RX2 series this year.

The Czech teenager is the team’s first RX2 driver, with the team expanding to the one-make series for this season after previously competing in CrossKarts. As well as racing on the World Championship bill, Skocdopole will also race in select events in the RallyX Nordic Supercar Lites championship.

“I’m really excited to be joining YellowSquad in RX2 this season! It’s a dream come true to be working with Kevin and Timmy, who have proven themselves to be two of the best rallycross drivers in the world,” said the 16-year-old. “It will be a big test for me in RX2 as I know the competition will be very tough, but I feel this is a good step in my career to take and I am ready to get going in Barcelona.

“My first test went really well last year and I think I am starting to get to grips with the RX2 car. It is a very reactive car and it demands a lot from the driver to get the most out of it. There will of course be a lot of lessons to take on board this season but I am looking forward to getting out on track.”

Credit: Yellow Squad/Sanna Krantz

Skocdopole, a karting world champion, made his rallycross debut in 2018 racing int he Italian Super 1600 championship. He also competed in the German championship and has already tested extensively in rallycross and sports car machinery, despite his young age.

He sampled Yellow Squad’s RX2 car at Kalvholmen Motorstadion in Sweden recently and instantly left an impression on team principal Kevin Hansen.

“This is incredible for the team! To have our first driver confirmed so early in the season really drives us all at the workshop to prepare as well as we can. We believe that RX2 is a perfect step for Dan at his age, as the car and competition demand hard, detailed work.

“Dan impressed us during his test. Timmy [Hansen], who is head of driver development, and Eric [Färén], our team manager, were very happy with the day together and the connection Dan and the team had was great. This is a very important point,” said World RX event winner and TitansRX series winner Hansen. “The test conditions couldn’t have been trickier, with a lot of rain and mud, but Dan really had a lot of skills and this showed he was able to control the car and work with the team to improve every time he was on track.”

“We are looking forward to the preparations we and Dan have planned before the first race in Barcelona.”