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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 Eurocup championship for 2017 for Alex.

This is a great finish to an outstanding debut year that had as highlight the pole position 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

 

 

Alex maintains Eurocup debutants lead at Monaco

Solid results at Monaco have kept Alex the leading first-year competitor driver in the 2017 Formula Renault Eurocup series.

The 17 year-old Hobart driver posted a pair of sixth placings in his debut at the legendary Formula 1 street circuit.

Alex’s performance was all the more creditable considering the round’s unique format and his two-position starting grid penalty for the first race.

He raised eyebrows in the Formula 1 pit lane by clocking the second-fastest lap in Thursday’s single all-in practice session. That was followed by fifth of the 30 drivers after Friday’s split-field qualifying session.

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

In Saturday’s first race he held station throughout the 18 laps on the narrow 3.78km circuit, which is notorious for making overtaking virtually impossible unless the driver ahead makes a mistake.

After the race his seventh placing was upgraded to sixth when the fourth-placed driver received a time penalty for a false start.

Alex’s chances of replicating his Pau pole position for the second Monaco race were stymied by the principality round’s unique format.

Unlike the usual schedule of a qualifying session for each race, Monaco’s second race grid was set according to the Friday qualifying session but with each group on the other side of the track.

Consequently Alex lined up sixth, and with no opportunity to improve during the race he finished in that position, picking up more valuable points for the championship.

He is now in fifth position overall in the Eurocup pointscore after four of 10 rounds, and remains the series’ leading debutant.

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 was relieved to have racked up points in both Monaco races.

“After being second-fastest in the practice session I was looking forward to the prospect of another chance of getting on the podium,” he said.

“Eurocup was the first practice session for the race meeting, so the track was really slippery. But by Friday there was more grip from the rubber laid down by the Formula 1s and other cars.

“Like the other teams we had to take a guess at car set-up for the different track conditions in qualifying. We got it close but not quite right.

“The Saturday race showed how important it is to qualify at the top of the field at Monaco.

“We’d improved the car’s set-up and I was able to hold my position, but there was no way to overtake.

“With no qualifying session for the Sunday race, and starting sixth, it was all about staying on the track and maintaining position.

“Even though it would have been nice to get a podium this weekend, racing at Monaco is amazing. There’s no other circuit in the world like it!

“Eurocup is incredibly competitive for newcomers, and even tougher here with only one practice session and one qualifying session. There’s no second chance.

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

The 2017 Formula Renault Eurocup continues with round 5 at the Hungaroring on July 1-2.

ALEX PERONI’S 2017 FORMULA RENAULT EUROCUP RESULTS

ROUND 4 – MONTE CARLO (MONACO), MAY 25-28

QUALIFYING: 3rd in Group A

RACE 1: Starting position – 7th (2-position grid penalty); Result – 6th

RACE 2: Starting position – 6th; Result – 6th

POINSTCORE POSITION: 5th (67 points) of 30 drivers

NEXT ROUND: Hungaroring (Hungary), July 1-2

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!