#YellowSquad is delighted to announce Czech teenager Dan Skocdopole as its first driver in RX2, the feeder series for the 2020 FIA World Rallycross Championship.
In addition to a full season of RX2, competing at iconic tracks such as Höljes, Hell and Lohéac, Skocdopole will also race in selected rounds of the Scandinavia-based RallyX Nordic Supercar Lites championship in order to optimise seat time in the car during the year.
Skocdopole tested #YellowSquad’s RX2 car at Kalvholmen Motorstadion near Karlstad, close to the team’s base in Götene, Sweden. The 16-year-old impressed in tricky weather conditions, showing maturity and speed on his #YellowSquad debut.
The RX2 cars are four-wheel drive, six-speed machines with around 310bhp produced by the 2.4 litre naturally aspirated engine, giving drivers the perfect platform to hone their skills and climb the RX ladder.
Kevin, Dan and the rest of the #YellowSquad team will be undertaking an extensive pre-season programme of preparation before the season begins at Barcelona in mid-April. This will include more time in the car as well as specific fitness and media training ahead of the first round of the year.
Profile: Dan Skocdopole
16-year-old Czech racer Dan Skocdopole is a championship-winning karter turned rallycross hot-shot, and is competing in both the RX2 International Series and RallyX Nordic Lites category for #YellowSquad.
Kevin HansenTeam Principal
“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.
“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.”
"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. 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."