Renault Australia has signed on as a sponsor of Aussie Alex Peroni, the young up-and-coming racing car driver already competing and winning open wheeler races in Europe.
“Alex Peroni is one of the rising stars to watch,” said Justin Hocevar, Renault Australia Managing Director. “Alex can’t even drive on public roads in his home town of Hobart, Tasmania, as he is only 17 years old, yet has already posted his first pole position and won his first race in the Eurocup on the streets of Pau, France, in late May.
“This was his first podium and first race win in the Eurocup and a great achievement during his first year in the series. We are excited to support him this year and look forward to many more podiums and wins,” Hocevar said.
Alex won the 2016 French VdeV Formula Renault Monoplace series racing with Italian team TS Corse and is this year competing in the Formula Renault Eurocup.
Alex currently competes with leading UK-based team Fortec Motorsport and is steadily accumulating points in the Formula Renault Eurocup series with good results at Pau, Monaco, Silverstone and Monza. Over the next two weekends, he will race at the Nurburgring in Germany and the Red Bull Ring in Austria. His goal is to be racing in Formula 1 by the age of 20.
Alex started racing sprint karts at the ripe young age of seven, which is the earliest someone can compete in this series in Australia. By nine, he was the youngest Australian to ever compete internationally in karting. He is also the youngest Australian to ever compete in Europe in single-seater car racing.
For the past three years, Alex has been competing in Formula 4 and Formula Renault 2.0 in Europe. He’s now racing in the Eurocup series, which is a feeder into Formula 1. It has seen the likes of Alain Prost, Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo through its ranks; esteemed company indeed.
“Thank you to Justin and everyone at Renault Australia for your support,” Alex Peroni said. “It is really appreciated. There is no way I could compete in this series without my sponsors and help from my team.
“The field for this year’s Eurocup is really competitive, with some of the highest rated young drivers competing. It’s fantastic to know that other people believe in me and are prepared to support me in the series. I will continue to give it my very best and proudly represent Australia and my fantastic sponsors.
“I will be back home in late July, early August for a couple of weeks during the mid-season break and look forward to catching up with as many people as possible,” Peroni said.