Monday, 20 January 2020

Czech teenage Dan Skocdopole joins Hansen-supported Yellow Squad for 2020 RX2 campaign.

PHOTO CREDIT: #YellowSquad 
The #YellowSquad has announced that Dan Skocdopole will drive for the team in the World Rallycross Championship feeder series, RX2 this year.

Founded by World RX brothers Kevin and Timmy Hansen, the #YellowSquad announced its intention to enter RX2 late last year, after joining forces with Swedish outfit Team Färén – with the aim of discovering and developing the sport's next superstars.  

“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," said Kevin Hansen, Team Principal of the #YellowSquad. "We believe that RX2 is a perfect step for Dan at his age, as the car and competition demand hard, detailed work."

Skocdopole is an experienced and successful go-karter who had made a name for himself by winning the Czech championship title in 2015, before going on to claim the WSK KRS World Series championship in 2016. 

He made his rallycross debut in 2018 in the Italian Rallycross Championship, driving a Skoda Super1600 and also competed in the German RX championship last year, where he claimed his first victory. 

The Czech teenager is the team's first RX2 driver, and as well as racing in the RX2 series, Skocdopole will also race in selected rounds of the Scandinavia-based 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 Skocdopole. "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," he said. "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." 

The 16-year-old Czech driver tested #YellowSquad's RX2 car at Kalvholmen Motorstadion near Karlstad, close to the team’s base in Götene, Sweden and instantly left an impression on the team.

"Dan impressed us during his test," said Kevin Hansen. "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," he added. "We are looking forward to the preparations we and Dan have planned before the first race in Barcelona."

Dan Skocdopole and the rest of the #YellowSquad team will be undertaking an extensive pre-season programme, which will include more time in the car as well as specific fitness and media training in preparation for the start of the season at Barcelona in mid-April.

Written By - Junaid Samodien
Photograph Credit - #YellowSquad 

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