Alex breaks through with Eurocup race win!

Alex has scored a stunning maiden Formula Renault Eurocup race win at Pau in southern France.

Alex led all the way from pole position in Sunday’s second race in round 3 of Renault Sport’s flagship international openwheeler series.

He held fellow front row qualifier Sacha Fenestraz at bay for the entire 21-lap/58km distance on the 2.76km street circuit.

PAU (FRA) MAY 19-21 2017 – Third round of the Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup at Grand Prix de Pau. Alex Peroni #17 Fortec Motorsports. © 2017 Sebastiaan Rozendaal / Dutch Photo Agency

It was no cruise for Hobart-born Alex, though.

After carving out a lead of almost two seconds in the latter stages of the race, he suddenly found Fenestraz less than half a second behind while cautiously lapping a tailender on the penultimate lap and also slowing for double waved yellow flags.

But he stayed cool until the chequered flag to score his breakthrough Eurocup race win by 0.52 seconds.

His success followed a solid fifth placing in Saturday’s first race, and vaulted him to fourth outright and first Eurocup debutant in the 2017 pointscore.

Alex’s results were all the more meritorious considering he hadn’t raced at Pau before.

He set the fastest lap in the first of Friday’s two practice sessions despite steady rain falling throughout the session.

PAU (FRA) MAY 19-21 2017 – Third round of the Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup at Grand Prix de Pau. Alex Peroni #17 Fortec Motorsport. Action. © 2017 Diederik van der Laan / Dutch Photo Agency

On Saturday he was in the mix for pole position for race 1 until a minor error cost him the opportunity to set a final quick lap.

But on Sunday it all came together, starting with a new fastest qualifying time at Pau for the 2-litre Formula Renault category.

After winning race 2, an elated Alex described how Fenestraz’s constant pressure, the serpentine street circuit and warm weather made it a tough day at the office.

“I had to push very hard for the whole race, with Sacha just behind me,” he said.

“I love driving at Pau, but it’s a very demanding circuit.

“The guardrails on both sides of the track leave no margin for error, and they keep the heat on the track. It was hot out there!

“I was surprised to be so competitive here, considering the leading drivers have raced here before.

“And Friday morning’s practice session was wet, which wasn’t a lot of help for the dry weekend.

“Qualifying on Saturday was a bit disappointing. There was a chance of getting on the front row, but I broke my front wing on a kerb just before the end of the session when everyone was setting their best times.

“In the race I was held up, but it’s nearly impossible to overtake on a street circuit unless the driver ahead makes a mistake.

“The first 10 placings didn’t change for the whole race!

“Thanks as always to Fortec Motorsport and my sponsors Blundstone, RACT, United, Renault Australia and Richardson Devine Marine.”

The 2017 Formula Renault Eurocup continues next weekend with its showpiece round at the Monaco Formula 1 Grand Prix.

ALEX PERONI’S 2017 FORMULA RENAULT EUROCUP RESULTS

ROUND 3 – PAU (FRANCE), MAY 20-21

RACE 1: Starting position – 5th (3rd fastest in Group B); Result – 5th

RACE 2: Starting position – pole (fastest in Group B); Result – 1st

POINSTCORE POSITION: 4th (51 points) of 30 drivers

NEXT ROUND: Monaco (France), May 25-28

More promise and disappointment at Silverstone

Alex  had a second successive promising Saturday and a disappointing Sunday in Round 2 of the 2017 Formula Renault Eurocup Series at Silverstone.

As in the opening round at Monza, the 17 year-old Tasmanian qualified strongly to start sixth of the 30 drivers in the first of two races at the British Grand Prix circuit.

In a typically rough-and-tumble affair, he maintained his starting position to repeat his Monza achievement of highest-placed Eurocup debutant.

His fastest lap in the race was second only to winner Will Palmer’s.

SILVERSTONE (GBR) MAY 12-14 2017 – Second round of the Renault Eurocup FR2.0 at Silverstone circuit. Alex Peroni #17, Fortec Motorsports. Action. © 2017 Co van der Gragt / Dutch Photo Agency.

Unfortunately Alex’s second race at Silverstone also paralleled his Monza one.

He was on the pace in qualifying until the final minutes, when the chequered flag waved just before he crossed the Start-Finish line, denying him a crucial last lap on the rapidly drying track.

From his midfield starting position, he suffered a puncture after contact with another driver – co-incidentally the same one he clashed with in a race-ending tangle in the second race at Monza!

SILVERSTONE (GBR) MAY 12-14 2017 – Second round of the Renault Eurocup FR2.0 at Silverstone circuit. Alex Peroni #17, Fortec Motorsports. Action. © 2017 Klaas Norg / Dutch Photo Agency.

At least this time he was able to drive back to the pits for a replacement tyre, and although he rejoined last he regained seven positions in the closing laps.

Despite finishing only half of the four Eurocup races held so far, Alex sits 10th and best-placed of the four Australian drivers contesting the flagship Formula Renault international series.

Afterwards he reflected on another promising but ultimately disappointing Eurocup round.

“This was always going to be a tough weekend, being my first time racing at Silverstone,” he said.

“It’s a more technical circuit than Monza, but even though both of Friday’s practice sessions were wet I was happy to set the third-fastest time in the last session.

“Saturday’s qualifying session was tricky on a drying track, so I was satisfied with third-fastest lap in my group, only half a second off the fastest time.

“That became sixth on the starting grid with the two qualifying groups lining up on either side of the grid.

“I lost a couple of places on the first lap, but as the race went on my car picked up pace and I was able to get within reach of the drivers fighting over second place.

“Although there weren’t enough laps left to improve my position, I was happy to set the second-fastest race lap.

“Sunday started badly when I was the first driver in my qualifying group to receive the chequered flag on a drying track.

“I’d been on the leaders’ pace, but missing that last lap put me several positions further back.

“Starting the race 13th meant it was going to be hard to get into the top 10 to score points.

“But that disappeared early in the race when Pedro Chaves hit me from behind, deflating a tyre.

“He couldn’t continue, but my car wasn’t damaged apart from the flat tyre so I drove back to the pits for another one.

“The Fortec Motorsport crew did a great job to get me back into race during the Safety Car without losing a lap.

“Even though the replacement tyre was older than the other three, I managed to make up some places before the end of the race.

“Like at Monza, Silverstone was another case of a good Saturday and a bad Sunday.

“I’m confident that even though this is my first year in Eurocup I can race with the leaders, who are in their second year.

“But it’s so competitive at the front that the smallest problem during a race weekend really costs you.

“In the first two rounds I’ve had some good results and some disappointing ones, but I’ll keep doing my absolute best in every practice and qualifying session and race.

“Thanks as always to Fortec Motorsport and my sponsors Blundstone, RACT, United, Renault Australia and Richardson Devine Marine.”

The 2017 Formula Renault Eurocup continues next weekend at the Pau street circuit in France, followed a week later by the series’ showpiece round at the Monaco Formula 1 Grand Prix.

ALEX PERONI’S 2017 FORMULA RENAULT EUROCUP RESULTS

ROUND 2 – SILVERSTONE (UK), MAY 13-14

RACE 1: Starting position – 6th; Result – 6th

RACE 2: Starting position – 13th; Result – 21st (pit stop to replace punctured tyre)

POINSTCORE POSITION: 10th (16 points) of 30 drivers

NEXT ROUND: Pau (France), May 20-21

FORMULA RENAULT EUROCUP

Eurocup is the flagship international series for Renault’s 2-litre openwheeler racing car, which is also raced in several national Formula Renault series.

The category has been a stepping stone in the Formula 1 careers of Australia’s Daniel Riccardo, Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel, and Kimi Raïkkönen, and past F1 stars Alain Prost and Jacques Laffite.

The 10-round 2017 Eurocup series visits the Monaco Formula 1 Grand Prix and legendary Formula 1 circuits Monza, Silverstone, Hungaroring, Nurburgring, Red Bull Ring, Paul Ricard, Spa-Francorchamps and Barcelona.

2017 SCHEDULE

  1. April 22-23  Monza, Italy

  2. May 13-14  Silverstone, Great Britain

  3. May 20-21  Pau, France

  4. May 26-28  Monte Carlo, Monaco

  5. July 1-2  Hungaroring, Hungary

  6. July 15-16  Nurbürgring, Germany

  7. July 22-23  Red Bull Ring, Austria

  8. August 26-27  Paul Ricard, France

  9. September 23-24  Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium

10. October 28-29  Barcelona, Spain

2017 Formula Renault Eurocup Season kicks off at Monza

MONZA (ITA) APR 21-23 2017 – First round of the Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup at Autodromo di Monza. Start of Race1. © 2017 Diederik van der Laan / Dutch Photo Agency

Alex Peroni has established himself as a contender for the 2017 Formula Renault Eurocup title after a promising performance in the opening round at Monza last weekend

The 17 year-old Hobart driver was among the fastest drivers in Saturday’s first of two races at the legendary Italian racetrack.

He qualified fifth in the 30-strong international field, and held that position in the race until he was outjumped by experienced Belgian Max Defourny following the second of two Safety Cars.

MONZA (ITA) APR 21-23 2017 – First round of the Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup at Autodromo di Monza. Alex Peroni #17 Fortec Motorsport. Action. © 2017 Diederik van der Laan / Dutch Photo Agency

Until then Alex had put up a spirited defence against the 2016 Eurocup third placegetter.

At one point he drove side-by-side on the outside of Defourny around the high-speed Curva Grande, and outbraked him into the Della Roggia Chicane!

Nevertheless he was the highest-placed Eurocup debutant.

Bad luck in qualifying for Sunday’s second race prevented Peroni from repeating the impressive result.

His fastest lap in the 15-minute session was affected by a full course caution for another driver’s incident. Consequently he started the race from 14th position.

An early-race clash with Portuguese Henrique Chaves eliminated both drivers.

MONZA (ITA) APRIL 21-23 2017 – First round of the Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup at Autodromo di Monza. Alex Peroni #17 Fortec Motorsports. © 2017 Sebastiaan Rozendaal / Dutch Photo Agency

Alex is ninth in the Eurocup pointscore despite finishing only one of the two races.

He’s confident that he can be competitive in the remaining nine rounds of the one-make Eurocup series, which has been a stepping-stone to Formula 1 for nearly three decades.

“I’m happy that I showed good pace and came away with a good result in Race 1,” he said.

“I’d hoped for a better starting position for Race 2, but yellow flags at just the wrong time in qualifying was a setback.

“Gaining race positions is always tough in such a competitive series as Eurocup – even more so when you’re trying to move forward from midfield.

“Contact with another car in the race was disappointing, but it’s always a possibility in that situation.

“Now I’m looking forward to the next round at Silverstone in a couple of weeks. I haven’t raced there before, so I’ll need to be on my game right from the start.

“Thanks to Fortec Motorsport and my sponsors Blundstone, RACT, United, Renault Australia and Richardson Devine Marine.”

ALEX PERONI’S 2017 FORMULA RENAULT EUROCUP RESULTS

ROUND 1 – MONZA (ITALY), APRIL 22-23

RACE 1: Qualifying – 5th; Result – 6th

RACE 2: Qualifying – 14th; Result – Did not finish (contact on lap 2)

POINSTCORE POSITION: 9th (8 points)

FORMULA RENAULT EUROCUP

Eurocup is Renault’s flagship series for its 2-litre openwheeler, which is raced in several Formula Renault national and international series.

The category has been a stepping stone in the Formula 1 careers of Australia’s Daniel Riccardo, Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel, and Kimi Raïkkönen, and past F1 stars Alain Prost and Jacques Laffite.

This year’s 10-round Eurocup series visits the Monaco Formula 1 Grand Prix and classic Formula 1 circuits Monza, Silverstone, Hungaroring, Nurburgring, Red Bull Ring, Paul Ricard, Spa-Francorchamps and Barcelona.

Next event –  May 13-14  Silverstone, Great Britain

A valuable early season test program

Pre-season testing

The last three weeks have seen all teams in the Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup taking part in collective tests at Magny Cours, Paul Ricard – Le Castellet and Nurburgring in preparation for the season start at Monza on the 22-23 April.

The tests involved two days of intensive work at each track with all teams preparing cars and drivers for one of the most competitive years in the Formula Renault 2.0 championship’s history. With 30 drivers and at least 15 capable of winning races, it will be tough.

Alex and his team are pleased with the work they managed to get through. Alex has re-acquainted himself with a racing car and the team has been able to work with Alex to understand his needs and how to extract the best lap times.

While there is still more work to do, particularly in learning the many new tracks, results from the test indicate that come the first race meeting Alex should be a contender, despite the very high level of competition.

It’s definitely going to be an exciting year!

Alex Peroni confirms Eurocup campaign with Fortec

Australian teenager Alex Peroni has signed with leading UK team Fortec Motorsport for this year’s Formula Renault Eurocup series.

Peroni, 17, graduates to Eurocup following his victory in last year’s French Formula Renault Monoplace Championship, and a competitive wild card appearance in the 2016 Eurocup finale at the Estoril circuit in Portugal.

Fortec offered him a place in its Eurocup squad after an end-of-season test session with the team at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium.

Peroni is excited at the prospect of racing in Europe’s most competitive development series.

“Ever since I started racing karts as a seven year-old I’ve dreamed of following the drivers I look up to into Formula 1,” he said.

“Daniel Ricciardo raced successfully in Formula Renault on his way to F1, and I hope to do the same.

”Winning the Monoplace Championship last year was incredible, but Eurocup is the next level so I’ll have to work even harder.

“Having tested with Fortec last year, I’m confident that we can achieve great results together.

“Thanks to Blundstone and RACT, who have been fantastic supporters of my racing career.

“Now RACT’s partner, United Petroleum, and Renault Australia have come on board to provide the opportunity to make my dream a reality.”

An indication of Fortec Motorsport’s confidence in Peroni is the attendance of the team’s Formula Renault Eurocup manager, Martin Young, at today’s announcement in Hobart.

“We are delighted that Alex will be racing with Fortec Motorsport this year,” Mr Young said.

“He came to our notice during the Monoplace Championship last year. Winning that series at just 16 years of age was no mean feat.

“Alex’s subsequent performances at the final Eurocup round and our Spa test session showed us that he had the speed to step up to Eurocup.

“He also worked very well with our race engineers, which was equally important.

“Alex is an exciting young driver. We believe he has the ability to be among the Eurocup front runners and challenge for race wins right from the start of the series.”

Peroni will travel to Europe in early-March for pre-season testing at Magny Cours (France), Paul Ricard (France) and Nurburgring (Germany). The 2017 Eurocup series begins on April 21-23 at Monza in Italy.

2017 FORMULA RENAULT EUROCUP SCHEDULE

  1. April 21-23  Monza, Italy

  2. May 12-14  Silverstone, Great Britain

  3. May 19-21  Pau, France

  4. May 26-28  Monte Carlo, Monaco

  5. June 30-July 2  Hungaroring, Hungary

  6. July 14-16  Nurbürgring, Germany

  7. July 21-23  Red Bull Ring, Austria

  8. August 25-27  Paul Ricard, France

  9. September 22-24  Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium

10. October 27-29  Barcelona, Spain

ALEX PERONI PROFILE

DATE OF BIRTH: November 27, 1999

RESIDENCE: Hobart, Tasmania

RESIDENCE DURING EUROCUP: Daventry, UK

MOTOSPORT CAREER: 2007-2014 karts (numerous race and series wins), 2015 Italian Formula 4 Championship (14th), 2016 French Formula Renault Monoplace Challenge (1st)

MORE INFORMATION

Alex Peroni – website

Alex Peroni – Facebook

Formula Renault Eurocup – website

ENDS

MEDIA ENQUIRIES

Piero Peroni

Ph. +61.0407 334 020

piero7.peroni@gmail.com

 

Buckle-up for 2017!

It’s been a great summer break for Alex back in Tasmania catching up with family, friends and supporters and doing a bit of part-time work at Fish Frenzy restaurant.

Things will quickly start to ramp up from here as fundraising work is completed and Alex prepares for the busy year ahead. The plan is to wrap up the fundraising by the end of February and then head back to Europe in March ready for pre-season testing in France (Magny Cours and Paul Ricard).

This year Alex will be competing in the Formula Renault Eurocup Championship which comprises 10 rounds at some of the best race tracks in the world. The first round kicks off at Monza in Italy on 21 – 23 April.

Things then go up a gear and the program in May is crammed with races at Silverstone in the UK, the Pau street circuit in France followed by Monaco in conjunction with the Formula 1 Grand Prix.

The full program is as follows –

Monza April 21st-23rd (2 races)

Silverstone May 12th-14th (2 races)

Pau May 19th-21st (2 races)

Monaco May 26th-28th (2 races)

Hungaroring June 30th, July 1st-2nd (3 races)

Nurburgring July 14th-16th (2 races)

Red Bull Ring July 21st-23th (2 races)

Le Castellet Aug 25th-27th (2 races)

Spa Sept 22nd-24th (3 races)

Barcelona Oct 27th-29th (3 races)

There will be formal announcements in due course concerning who Alex will be driving with this year, major partners and sponsors.

Finally, a special thanks to Collins SBA (Michael, Bruno and team) who helped set up a company to manage Alex’s racing career. Having a formal company also makes it easy for anyone wanting to make a donation (no matter how small) to do so by direct deposit to –

Alex Peroni Pty Ltd

BSB 037014

Account Number 299663

For major sponsorships please contact David Quinn djq@bigpond.net.au or Piero Peroni piero7.peroni@gmail.com

The link below takes you to a short  video that Creative Grit produced for Alex and his management team to introduce who Alex is and what he intends to achieve to potential sponsors.

We hope you like it!

2016 Champion!

On the podium with Team Manager Stefano Turchetto
On the podium with Team Manager Stefano Turchetto

Teenage Tasmanian car racer Alex Peroni is the 2016 Monoplace Challenge champion after clean-sweeping the final round in Portugal.

Although the 16 year-old Hobart driver only needed a minor placing in one of the round’s three races to clinch the European series for Formula Renault openwheelers, he won them all!

Alex dominated the round at the 4.2km circuit, which was wet to varying degrees throughout the round.

He began by clocking the fastest qualifying lap on Friday by nearly four tenths of a second.

In Saturday’s first race he established a three-second gap on the first lap, added another two seconds over the next two laps, and took the chequered flag 4.121 seconds clear of Dutch driver Rinus van Kalmthout.

That sealed the title for Alex. His lead over the only other contender going into the finale, Frenchman Gilles Heriau, was an unassailable 205 points with only 120 available from the remaining two races.

Leading the pack into corner 1
Leading the pack into corner 1

His only anxious moment came after the race had finished, when officials investigated a possible jumped start. But the results remained unchanged, giving him the race and series victory.

Later on Saturday, Alex went further ahead by winning a crash-shortened second race.

Starting from second on the grid, he overtook pole sitter van Kalmthout on the first lap. He’d opened a 4.5-second lead over Frenchman Antoine Robert after three laps when a midfield pile-up at turn 1 brought out the red flags.

On Sunday Alex completed his second clean-sweep in the seven-round series with a crushing 14-second win, his 14th of the 21 races in this year’s Monoplace Challenge.

His final points margin over Heriau, after drivers’ two worst races were deducted from their scores, was 209 points. Third-placed Ukrainian Alexey Chuklin was a further 49 points back.

An elated Alex described what it was like to win an international car racing series in only his second season out of karts.

“I felt confident going into race 1, because the track was wet like it was when I raced here last week in the Formula Renault Eurocup round,” he said.

huge6476-small“I got a good start, and was able to build a lead in the first two laps that I could manage for the rest of the race.

“It was a great way to clinch the championship!

“The track was even wetter in race 2, and I wanted to start well so that I could have a clear track ahead. I managed to pass van Kalmthout into the first corner and open up a gap.

“It was very satisfying to win in such difficult track conditions.

“Race 3 was amazing. The track was damp, but everyone had to use smooth dry weather tyres instead of treaded wet weather ones.

“Even though I was comfortable with the way the car handled the conditions, I was surprised that I could drive away from the others.

“It was great to finish the series with a win!

“Thanks to Stefano Turchetto and everyone at TS Corse for their perfect car preparation and technical support throughout the series.

“It’s incredible what we have achieved together, and I’ll always be grateful to them.

“I’m also very grateful to my parents and my Tasmanian sponsors who made this possible.”

Before returning to Australia, Peroni will test with the Fortec Motorsport team at the legendary Spa-Francorchamps racetrack in Belgium on Monday.

The test is part of his plan to contest next year’s Eurocup, the premier Formula Renault race series that launched the careers of several F1 stars, including Australia’s Daniel Ricciardo.

 

ESTORIL (4.2km)

2016 MONOPLACE CHALLENGE FINAL ROUND – ESTORIL, PORTUGAL

FINAL POINTCORES*

1.    Alex Peroni (AUS) 941

2.    Gilles Heriau (FRA) 732

3.    Alexey Chuklin (UKR) 683

* corrected points (worst 2 races deducted), subject to official confirmation.

ALEX PERONI’S RESULTS FOR ROUND 7

Qualifying: Pole position

Race 1: 1st

Race 2: 1st

Race 3: 1st

ALEX PERONI’S SERIES STATISTICS

Race wins: 14 from 21

Podiums: 17 from 21

Pole positions: 4 from 7