Privateer living the dream
CAPE TOWN — As a preschooler, David Perel used to wear his dad’s racing helmet and zoom around on a plastic push bike.
Now he’s in a Lamborghini and hoping to come out tops by the end of the Italian GT Championship.
The 30-year-old Capetonian spent all his savings and sold his car to fund his races with satellite team Lamborghini Bonaldi Motorsport.
With just three rounds left, and six points off the lead, he was furiously trying to raise $30 000 to get to the last finish line.
“Every single race I go to, I always treat it like my last because I really, truly don’t know whether I will be at the next race,” he told News24 recently.
“The reason I am doing this is because I really do believe in my ability and want to be the best. I feel like I have been given this ability and it can’t go to waste.”
Perel was inspired by his dad Bobby, who hopped onto a plane to the UK when he was 20 to become a formula racing driver.
After three years, his dad didn’t have enough money to continue and had to put his dream aside. David also had to stop when he ran out of money at the age of 23. This was on the back of a long history of racing and nearly winning a world championship.
He and his brother Marc decided to set up a web business. The intention was to save enough to give his dream one last shot. That opportunity arrived this year.
“With this championship, I have led every single race and have qualified on the front row every time. The official Lamborghini team have been keeping an eye on me,” he said, beaming.
His eyes lit up when asked what it felt like to race a premium sports car.
He said the more he drove the car, the more he felt like an extension of it.
“It’s such a thrill. The satisfaction and adrenaline lasts for days.
“But if I just did it because of the sensation, then that’s just a hobby!”
Privateer Lamborghini driver David Perel.