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Big step forward in the championship at Mugello – Italy

aw0i6549-copyTwo race wins and a second placing at Mugello in Italy have put Alex Peroni another step closer to winning the Monoplace Challenge title.

The sixteen year-old Hobart driver dominated at the Italian circuit, one of four cross-border rounds in the French-based Formula Renault series.

Alex qualified on pole position for the first two races but had one time deleted by the stewards and had to drop back to grid seven in race two.

“In qualifying my fastest two laps were good enough to give me pole position in the first two races, but unfortunately one of them was deleted because the stewards said I’d exceeded the track boundary.”

Alex won the first two races, however the second victory came at a cost.

sylv0190After starting seventh, he had to work his tyres harder than normal to fight through to the lead.

Despite starting the third race from pole position, Alex relinquished the lead to Ukrainian Alexey Chuklin.

Nevertheless he top-scored for the round and extended his championship lead over Frenchman Gilles Heriau from 53.5 to 112.5 points with two rounds remaining.

Afterwards Alex was elated to have gone further ahead in the series.

“My car felt great from the first practice session,” he said.

“Having one lap time deleted put me back to seventh on the grid for the second race.

“I didn’t think I was doing anything different from everyone else, but I had to accept the officials’ decision.

“In the first race I got a great start and pulled out a gap on the first lap.

“From then on I concentrated on managing the gap while looking after my tyres, knowing that in the next race I’d have to drive hard to recover from the fourth row on the grid.

On the podium after Race 1
On the podium after Race 1

“In race two I got a decent start and managed to get up to fourth place on the first lap with some aggressive passing moves.

“I worked hard to close the gap to Gregoire Saucy in third place, and passed him just before the Safety Car came out on lap three.

“That put me right behind the leaders, and a couple of laps after the restart I passed David Droux for second place.

“I was looking for an opportunity to pass Alexey Chuklin for the lead, but he made it easy for me by running wide on a corner!

“The third race was really tough. Even though my two wins put me on pole, my rear tyres had very little grip left.

“There was no way I could fight for the win; it was all I could do to survive in second place.

“Now I have a good points lead in the championship, but with two rounds remaining I still have to give 100 percent in every race.

“Thanks to my TS Corse team for their superb car preparation, and my supporters for enabling me to continue racing in Europe,” Alex said.

2016 MONOPLACE CHALLENGE POINTCORE AFTER ROUND 5*

1.    Alex Peroni (AUS) 713

2.    Gilles Heriau (FRA) 600.5

3.    Alexey Chuklin (UKR) 480

* subject to official confirmation

ALEX PERONI’S RESULTS FOR ROUND 5

Qualifying: Pole

Race 1: 1st

Race 2: 1st

Race 3: 2nd

ALEX PERONI’S SERIES STATISTICS

Race wins: 8 from 15

Podiums: 13 from 15

Pole positions: 2 from 5

NEXT ROUND

October 7/8/9 – Magny Cours (France)

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Round 2 – Monza

Round 2 of the championship took place at the temple of motorsport – Monza! What an incredible experience for Alex to race on a circuit with such a rich history.

While the weekend turned out to be difficult at times, Alex was able to demonstrate great speed in the races that fills everyone with confidence for the upcoming rounds.

In race one Alex started 21st in a field of 29 following qualifying. After the first lap Alex had already made his way to an incredible 12th only to see his front wing damaged. He returned to the pits and following a quick wing change was able to tag onto the back of the field thanks to a safety car. In the remaining laps he moved up from 24th to finish 16th.

In race 2 a stall on the grid had Alex transit 28th at the end of lap one but once again he showed great speed  to finish in 16th.

In race 3 an incident on lap 1 caused Alex to spin in the second chicane and have to retire with a damaged car.

An unfortunate end to an incredible experience on one of the worlds great tracks! More work now to continue to improve and build that essential experience. Onwards to Imola…..

Alex and his team will be working hard at Imola on June 16th, and then Mugello,  to prepare for the next race scheduled at the famous  Imola track  on the weekend of the 28th June.

Exiting the first 'variante'
Exiting the first ‘variante’

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Intensive 3 day test in Spain in all conditions

Incredible number of transporters
Incredible number of transporters

Alex has just completed a full program of tests over 3 days in Valencia, Spain, in conjunction with many other teams from throughout Europe. Interestingly there was Michael Schumacher’s son testing his F4 as well as Adrian Newey’s son who is having a go at a driving career.
Due to the constantly changing weather conditions Alex was able to try a number of setup and tyre variations that will be very useful for the future. After being very fast in the wet, as the track conditions dried Alex and his engineer Ruggero worked very well together to up the pace in the dry to a very competitive level.
Next year’s championship looks

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Back to the pit box
Alex and his Engineer Ruggero Cafagna
Alex and his Engineer Ruggero Cafagna

very promising although extremely tough given Alex’s lack of experience in cars and the very experienced and quick competition.

With this test we close off for 2014. We hope to have exciting developments for next year’s racing plans soon.

Merry Christmas to all and may we all have a memorable new year!