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)
Ph. +61.0407 334 020
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
Account Number 299663
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!