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Farewell & Fundraising dinner

MONACO (MC) MAY 25-28-2017 – Grand Prix de Monaco 2017. Alex Peroni #17 Fortec Motorsport. Action. © 2017 Diederik van der Laan / Dutch Photo Agency

Alex is heading back to Europe to race in the

Formula Renault Eurocup

with leading Dutch Team MP Motorsport

http://mpmotorsport.com/en/

Come and join us at the Australian Italian Club to say goodbye and wish him every success over the coming year.

Dinner and Fundraising Auction    

COST:  $60 per person (3 course dinner)

DATE:  Friday 23rd February 2018

TIME:  Arrival from 6.30pm with dinner commencing at 7:00pm

LOCATION:  Italian Club – 77 Federal St, North Hobart      

 Bookings to Piero Peroni:

Email – piero7.peroni@gmail.com

Phone – 0407 334 020

Press Release

Alex Peroni to contest 2018 Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup with MP Motorsport

Australian teenager Alex Peroni has signed with MP Motorsport to race in this year’s Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup. Peroni joins double F4 champion Christian Lundgaard in the Dutch team.

The 18 year-old from Hobart, Tasmania, will go into his second campaign in the single-seater series, having impressed in his Eurocup debut last year by finishing 10th overall – the highest of five Australians contesting the series.

Peroni’s standout performance was a win from pole in the second race on the demanding Pau street circuit, becoming the first Australian to win a Eurocup race since current Formula 1 star Daniel Ricciardo in 2008. Other 2017 highlights were a fifth in the first race at Pau, and sixths at Monaco (twice), Monza and Silverstone.

At MP, Peroni teams up with Dane Christian Lundgaard, who last year took two Formula 4 titles on his way to making his Eurocup debut this year.

“Eurocup competition is incredibly intense”, Peroni said, “so I am happy to be able to join a team as professional as MP Motorsport. I hope to build a strong working relationship with my new engineer so that we can get the maximum out of the car under all circumstances and be amongst the top drivers at the end of the year. Another factor was the team’s experience and success in a range of series from Formula 4 to Formula Renault 2.0, GP3 and Formula 2.”

MP Motorsport team manager Sander Dorsman has high expectations for Peroni in this year’s Eurocup. “Alex had a solid first year in Eurocup last year, and could have finished in the top five with a bit more experience and luck”, Dorsman said, “so I believe that together we should be targeting a top-5 finish in Eurocup this year. He is a welcome addition to our squad and we look forward to working with him into the future.”

Peroni will move to lodgings near MP Motorsport’s Westmaas base in the Netherlands in late-February ready for pre-season testing.

Before stepping up to the Eurocup, Peroni dominated the 2016 French V de V Formula Renault Challenge. In 2015, the Australian made his European racing debut in the Italian F4 championship, claiming two podium finishes.

Huge weekend at the Geelong Revival Motoring Festival

Thanks to the invitation of Renault Australia, Alex took part in the Geelong Revival Motoring Festival as a brand ambassador in the last weekend of November.

As part of the weekend’s activities Alex was able to drive the exciting Renault Clio RS in the quarter mile dash, try the Renault simulator and meet many Renault staff and fans.

A highlight was also spending time with Renault’s other brand ambassador, V8 Supercar driver Dean Canto. An enjoyable time was had by all.

 

Top 10 finish in the Eurocup!

The last round of the Formula Renault Eurocup in Barcelona delivered points and a final placing of 10th in the 2017 Eurocup championship for Alex.

This is a great finish to an outstanding debut year that had as highlight the pole position, lap record and win on the streets of Pau in the south of France. The second half of the year proved to be tough but a great learning experience that will be of great help to Alex’s 2018 campaign in the Eurocup for which planning has already begun.

BARCELONA (ESP) OCT 27-29 2017 – Final round of the Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup 2017 at Circuit de Catalunya. Alex Peroni #17 Fortec Motorsports. © 2017 Sebastiaan Rozendaal / Dutch Photo Agency

The Barcelona weekend could have been a very difficult one when there was a huge crash in race 2 that somehow Alex managed to avoid and finish in the points.

Alex  and his management team want to thank key sponsors Blundstone, RACT, Renault Australia, United Petroleum and Richardson Devine Marine, and the many people who donated time and funds to his campaign. Without all of these businesses and people the year would simply not have been possible. It has been an incredible feet to get from Tasmania to racing a season in Europe. Thank you to all and we look forward to 2018!

 

Still in 9th place in the Eurocup after SPA-Francorchamps

While Alex leaves SPA holding on to 9th in the championship, it was an event that followed a similar pattern to some previous events. The pace early on wasn’t quick enough which allowed only for a mid-field qualification. Some welcome changes made towards the end of the weekend delivered some much needed additional speed.

Spa-Francorchamps (BEL) Sep 22 – 24 2017 – Round 8 of the Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup series at Circuit Spa-Francorchamps. Alex Peroni #17 Fortec Motorsport. Action. © 2017 Diederik van der Laan / Dutch Photo Agency

Alex started on grid 15 in race one but the race was called off due to fog after circulating behind the safety car for a few laps.

Race two proved to be very difficult with a car setup that just wasn’t suited to the track conditions and Alex struggled to finish in 16th.

For the final race Alex started 14th and was able to register good speed. He quickly moved into 11th place and then got stuck for some time behind Thomas Randle. When he finally got by he was able to pull away but the 9th placed car had by that stage an unassailable lead.

Spa-Francorchamps (BEL) Sep 22 – 24 2017 – Round 8 of the Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup series at Circuit Spa-Francorchamps. Alex Peroni #17 Fortec Motorsport. Action. © 2017 Diederik van der Laan / Dutch Photo Agency

Alex finished 10th on the road but was handed a 5 second penalty after the race for having cut the chicane (to avoid an accident) and was classified 14th.

SPA FRANCORCHAMP (BEL) SEP 22-24 2017 – Round 9 of the Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup 2017 at Spa Francorchamps. Alex Peroni #17, Fortec Motorsports. Action. © 2017 Klaas Norg / Dutch Photo Agency.

A challenging event at the Paul Ricard circuit

Alex returned to the track with the 8th event of the year in the Eurocup Championship held at the Paul Ricard circuit at Le Castellet in the south of France.

Alex was looking forward to the event but some wretched luck turned it into a difficult weekend which however allowed Alex to demonstrate his skills more than usual.

LE CASTELLET (FRA) AUG 25-27 2017 – Round 8 of the Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup 2017 at Start of Race 2. © 2017 Diederik van der Laan / Dutch Photo Agency

A fuel pump failure right when Alex  was scheduled to leave pit lane to set a qualifying time meant that he didn’t register a time and would therefore start 32nd and last for race 1. Alex was determined to try and make his way up to the points (10th place and above).

By the third last lap Alex was 14th when a safety car bunched the pack up again and then releaed them with one lap to go. During the lap, a car in front of Alex retired which put Alex 13th and he made a passing attempt to get to 12th but narrowly missed out. On the last corner of the race, a very tight corner, a competitor  behind Alex bungled his braking and smashed into the back of Alex’s car, eliminating him from the race. An unbelievable effort that delivered no reward!

LE CASTELLET (FRA) AUG 25-27 2017 – Round 8 of the Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup 2017 at circuit Paul Ricard. Alex Peroni #17, Fortec Motorsports. Action. © 2017 Klaas Norg / Dutch Photo Agency.

In Qualifying 2 Alex’s car had some handling issues and Alex managed to qualify only 15th. However, by the second lap of the race he was 10th and moving forward rapidly until  a nearly identical incident to race 1 occurred again. Alex retired after limping back to the pits. Very frustrating.

Coverage Race 2

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H9k0S3dr_TA

The last few races have certainly been difficult but they have added valuable experience to Alex’s racecraft that we sincerely hope he can continue to refine in the last two events and then put to good use next year. Some good luck must be due soon!

A character building event in Hungary!

Alex’s positive sequence of results in the Formula Renault Eurocup championship came to an abrupt end in Hungary, the first event of the year with three races. Alex took away no points but still hangs on to 7th place in the championship

Both Alex and his team struggled to find the rhythm they had become accustomed to in the first 4 events of the year. In race one Alex started 12th and after some incidents ahead was 6th at the end of lap 1. Unfortunately an out of control car behind Alex ran into him and forced Alex out with car and tyre damage.

Race 2 was uneventful and saw Alex finish outside the points in 12th and then receive a 10 second penalty for exceeding track limits in the race.

BUDAPEST (HUN) JUN 30 – JUL 2 2017 – Fifth round of the Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup at the Hungaroring. Start of Race 3. © 2017 Diederik van der Laan / Dutch Photo Agency

Race 3 saw Alex start well back in 24th after having two of his fast qualifying laps deleted for exceeding track limits. It turned the race into an opportunity to work on different car settings and for Alex to build more experience at the Hungaroring. The final result was a 19th.

It certainly wasn’t the weekend everyone had hoped for but one that will make Alex more determined to bounce back at the Nurburgring.

POINTSCORE POSITION: 7th – 67 points (out of 30 drivers)

NEXT ROUND: Nurburgring 15/16 July