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Motorsport star Dan Rooke continues his meteoric rise on global stage

British motorsport star Dan Rooke is continuing his meteoric rise on the global stage after being promoted to the RX2 International Series.

 

Having become the youngest ever winner of the MSA British Rallycross Championship supercars class on his debut last season, the talented 20-year-old from Devon is now hot on the heels of RX2 leader Cyril Raymond. After three rounds in Belgium, Britain and Norway, Frenchman Raymond leads by 12 points with four rounds still to race.

 

Next up is Sweden on June 30, followed by Canada on August 4, France on September 1 and South Africa on November 10.

 

Dan, who drives for Team Faren from Sweden, has surprised himself by how competitive he has been in the International Series, as this season was originally expected to be a learning experience. He had planned to compete in the European rounds only, but his early success has forced him to reconsider.

 

He has now decided to contest every round but needs to find more sponsors to cover the extra costs involved with competing around the globe.

 

A sponsor who has been with him on his trophy-laden journey is Morris Lubricants, one of Europe's leading oil blenders and marketers. Dan is in a Morris Lubricants Racing ambassador. His other sponsors include Parnall Engineering Advanced Limited, Outlaw Tools Limited and Xswraps. 

 

Having recorded two second places and one third place so far, his focus now is on catching and overtaking Raymond who has won all three races to date.

 

After adjusting his driving style to guide a 600bhp LD Motorsports Citroen DS3 supercar to success last year, he has again had to re-adjust in the 300bhp RX2, which he has obviously managed to do with great aplomb.

 

“I am still getting used to the car,” he confessed. “Even though I have podiumed in every round so far, there is still pace to find and I have to find out what Cyril is doing differently to me. I think I can close the gap by pushing myself to the edge.”

 

Having led the way in a string of previous championships, he describes the new experience of being in the chasing pack as nerve-racking. “It’s all part of the learning curve to be able to drive under so much pressure,” he added.

 

“After only two years in rallycross, to be competing in the International Series is unbelievable. To have learnt and progressed so quickly is breathtaking. It has been a mad journey and it has all happened so quickly.

 

“At the start of the year, I was looking to get track experience and hoped to do the five European rounds, but results have gone far better than expected. Now my aim to at least get a podium place in the championship, if I don’t win it!”

 

He explained that the RX2 International Series is designed as a platform for young stars of the future who have their sights on the World Supercar Championship. It remains his dream to follow that route to become a professional driver.

 

“There are more manufacturers coming into the World Rallycross Championship, so there is potential for a new, young driver to show their face,” he said. “So long as I continue to put in consistently fast performances, it could be enough to catch their eye.”

 

Dan is one of more than 30 British drivers and riders at all levels of motorsport appointed as MLR ambassadors in 2016, which sees the company provide them with all the lubricants they need for racing.

 

“It’s great to have Morris Lubricants’ backing again this season and to have established a strong working relationship with the company to help me on my journey,” he said.

 

Dan’s father, Terry, a former rally driver himself, has always used Morris Lubricants oils in his garage. He got his son hooked on racing from the age of eight and was responsible for preparing Dan’s cars during his rise to stardom.

 

 

Andrew Goddard, Morris Lubricants’ managing director, said: “We are proud to be associated with Dan, who is an outstanding young British talent. With his ambition, drive and talent and our lubricants, the sky’s the limit. Dan is a perfect example of why we launched the Morris Lubricants Racing programme to help young people establish themselves in motorsport.”  

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