Pri­va­teer liv­ing the dream

The Witness - Wheels - - RACING -

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!”

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Pri­va­teer Lam­borgh­ini driver David Perel.

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