Alex’s debut in car racing

The first event in the Italian F4 Championship, and Alex’s debut in car racing, is complete!

The weekend turned out to be tough, as was expected, but a very important step for Alex in building on his karting experience. The 3 race event started with 2 qualifying sessions that allocate  grid positions for race 1 and race 3.  Alex qualified 12th and 15th respectively in a field of 26 cars. Race 2 grid is based on the finishing positions of race 1 with the first 10 reversed.

Race 1 – Alex started 12th and mid race had to stop to replace the front wing, hit while attempting to move into the top 10. Classified 20th.

Race 2 – Started 20th and finished 9th after an outstanding climb up through the field. The link below is to the video footage of this event.

Race 3: After starting 15th Alex was forced to retire with a front suspension failure.

All in all a great learning experience which will no doubt be banked ready for the next event at Monza at the end of May.

Next track session will be practice at Monza on the 19th in preparation for the race

battling it out in the pack
battling it out in the pack
Passing into the hairpin
Passing into the hairpin
Examining data with race engineer Ruggero
Examining data with race engineer Ruggero

Pre-season testing is over. We now wait for the first race!

Following 2 intensive days testing at both Vallelunga and Mugello we are now taking a break from the track until the championship kicks off on the first weekend of May at Vallelunga.

Considering both tests, it’s likely that the majority of competitors in the Italian F.4 championship made an appearance. This gave us at Torino Squadra Corse  an important opportunity to evaluate where we stand in terms of outright speed.  Its fair to say the outcome

Alex's auntie and uncle visiting him at Mugello
Alex’s auntie and uncle visiting him at Mugello
Intensive discussions between Alex and Engineer Ruggero
Intensive discussions between Alex and Engineer Ruggero
A series of photos from when Alex firsted visited Mugello at the age of 6 until today. The journey continues.....
A series of photos from when Alex firsted visited Mugello at the age of 6 until today. The journey continues…..

was very positive but of course we will have to wait until the first event to get a true indication of where the team stand against the competition.

At both tracks Alex managed to set times in the top 4 with many drivers setting times within a few tenths of each other. It’s definitely going to be a very competitive and tough championship.

The test at Mugello also marked an important return to the track where Alex’s passion for motorsport  came of age in 2006, at the age of 6, when he was a spectator at a world endurance championship event. The event convinced Alex that racing would be his future!

First half of pre-season testing complete

Four out of the eight days of planned testing before the season opener at Vallelunga are now complete.

The first 2 days were spent  at Franciacorta and Adria, both are tracks with rounds of the championship in 2015. Alex used these days to learn the track with his engineer and to re-accustom himself to the car after 3 months of non activity.

There was no reference data for Franciacorta given there have not been F4 races there before, however times clocked at Adria were very encouraging and suggest there’s a very solid base to work with this year. These 2 days also cemented the strong working relationship and understanding developing between Alex and engineer Ruggero – plenty of hard work but also many jokes and laughs along the way! After Adria it was off to Monza.

After arriving at Monza on the 1st April and taking in the magical atmosphere it was straight into the first session at 9am. This was always going to be an important day as it was the the first comparison with the 3 drivers of the Prema Power team. They are an outstanding  team with many championship wins and they are without doubt the benchmark in F4 and F3 both in results and professionalism. They are also considered the Ferrari ‘Junior Team’ given they host drivers going through the Ferrari Driver Academy.

The outcome was that Alex was immediately on the pace from the first session  and was exchanging fastest laps with them all day. Alex finished the day 3rd fastest out of 8 drivers present. On the second day his best time came down by 8 tenths and was again 3rd fastest, splitting the Prema team drivers.

It’s a good start to pre-season testing that we hope continues into Vallelunga on the 7th and 8th of April followed by

Entry to Variante Ascari
Entry to Variante Ascari
Exit Variante Ascari
Exit Variante Ascari
Detailed discussions with car engineer Ruggero
Detailed discussions with car engineer Ruggero
Last minute information exchange
Last minute information exchange

Mugello on the 14th and 15th.

 

Local business embarks on Alex’s European venture

Going to Europe to race for a Tasmanian is a huge and daunting undertaking from many different aspects.

It’s fantastic to see how many people in Tasmania are getting behind Alex to assist in whatever way possible.

A thank you must go to St Virgil’s College and in particular Damian Messer for the incredible support in making the continuity of Alex’s education possible while overseas. We also wish to acknowledge the wonderful support of two local businesses:

Ocean Health and Fitness, who are doing an outstanding job in preparing Alex to be ready for the physically demanding championship ahead.

Digitalink – a successful design studio specialising in design and production for print and multimedia based in Hobart.

Tasmanians please support these local businesses that do an outstanding job as well as supporting local sports people.

Dean and Cameron from Oceana with Alex
Dean and Cameron from Oceana with Alex
Ray and Scott from Digitalink with Alex
Ray and Scott from Digitalink with Alex

 

Young Tasmanian Alex Peroni to compete in F4 in Europe in 2015

RELEASE: Released from Torino, Italy,  Embargoed until 12am, 15/01/2015

15-year old Tasmanian school boy Alex Peroni  is today one step closer to realising a dream that began when he was just 6-years old, to race open-wheel cars in Europe and eventually compete in Formula 1.

Italian Formula 4 Team Torino Squadra Corse (TSC) has announced that Peroni, from Hobart Tasmania, will be their new star recruit competing in the Italian Formula 4 Championship in 2015. The young Tasmanian is delighted at the opportunity.

Alex PeroniIt’s a dream come true to take part in the internationally competitive Italian F4 championship. F4 is a direct pathway to the top of motor racing and the competition in Europe is pretty intense.

“I did some tests with Torino Squadra Corse in Italy and Spain at the end of last year.The team made me feel very welcome and comfortable and my times showed a lot of promise. I know that it’s going to be a very tough year, my first in car racing, but I wouldn’t be going if I didnt think great results were possible and think with the support of the team we will get stronger as the year goes by”

Alex, who is not yet legally old enough to drive a regular car, will move to Italy to race and will step into the F4 for the first time in March 2015 at the Franciacorta circuit, near Milan.

Previous to his tests in Spain and Italy last year in the Tatuus F4 Abarth of TSC, Peroni raced karts and has impressed with very fast results since beginning in 2007. He has raced in Tasmania, throughout Australia and in Italy, considered the home of world series karting.

The amazing thing is that Peroni who only turned 15 in November, and not eligble to get his Learner plates until next year, excelled in testing and enjoyed travelling at speeds of 220kph on the track alongside other young talents including Michael Schumacher Junior.

Ruggero Cafagna, engineer with Torino Squadra Corse “ We completed a number of tests this winter with Alex. Even though he came to us without ever having driven a car he very quickly settled in and showed great speed and capacity to adapt to the car. I know that Alex has great potential and that he’ll achieve great outcomes for himself and the entire team in 2015.”

Alex will arrive in Italy in early March ready for an intense testing program in readiness for his race debut on the 3rd May at the Vallelunga circuit near Rome, followed by Monza on the 31st May.

Alex has already generated interest from a number of local businesses who are interested to be part of his journey (including DigitalInk and Oceana Fitness), but is hoping that people in Tasmania will get behind him as he begins his journey to what he hopes will take him to the pinnacle of the sport.

Facebook: Alex Peroni, Sportsperson
Website: www.alex-peroni.com
See vision of the Italian F4 Chamionship – http://youtu.be/cKOZvH0B2Qo?list=PLlARuwqbIKlHPm841uz_58YSxA1bPeOHT

Contact in Europe: Marco Braghero – Team Principal Torino Squadra Corse (mbragh@yahoo.it)

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!

Great weekend testing at Vallelunga for Alex

What turned out to be a very difficult weekend weather wise, with fog, pouring rain, showers, sun and constantly varying track conditions (felt like Tasmania…), ended with a very positive outcome for Alex.

This was Alex’s first complete and intensive test session with 75 laps completed on Saturday, including a 30 minute session in the wet, and 62 laps completed on Sunday, after practice was delayed for over 3 hours due to fog.

The two largest teams, Prema and Euronova, were also there with their high profile drivers from all over the world including Ferrari’s new Driver Academy recruit from China. This allowed us to have a good measure of where he stands compared with the best.

The good news was that the team worked very well and Alex’s times were always very competitive and they make everyone in the team confident about the future. Lot’s more work to do so Alex and Team Torino Motorsport are off to Valencia, Spain, for 3 days test testing on the 15th, 16th and 17th.IMG_2028 IMG_0031 IMG_0049

Alex preparing for more F4 tests in Europe

Training for Alex’s next intensive test sessions in Italy and Spain are going well. Training to increase his upper body strength includes regular gym sessions and weekends in the kart. On the 2nd of December he’ll fly back to Italy with 2 days testing planned in Vallelunga (near Roma) on the 6th and 7th,  and 3 days scheduled for Valencia (Spain) on the 15th, 16th and 17th. A number of F4 teams are expected to be there so it will be a good chance to see how much work is still to do!

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CAMS Academy Driver Impresses In Italian Job

alexperoni_300x200Hobart born driver Alex Peroni has been given the opportunity many young Australian drivers dream of, with Peroni to race Formula 4 in Europe in 2015.

Peroni, who attended the CAMS Academy, has been racing karts from the age of 7 and progressed from racing in Tasmania to mainland Australia and then to Europe.

In Mid 2014 an Italian based team with Israeli backing ‘Israel F4’, invited Alex to test with them in Italy.

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