SA’s Perel: ‘We got the win!’

At­tack­ing driv­ing sees Fer­rari grab head­lines on sec­ond day of rac­ing

The Witness - Wheels - - RACING - — Mo­tor­sport Me­dia.

Africa’s David Perel drove the Kes­sel Fer­rari he shared with U.S. team­mate Stephen Earl to a dra­matic maiden Blanc­pain GTAM vic­tory in the sec­ond race of the se­ries’ Hun­gar­ian Sprint race week­end in Bu­dapest on Sun­day.

Perel and Earl took third place in Satur­day’s open­ing race but Perel’s at­tack­ing drive to vic­tory on Sun­day grabbed the Hun­garor­ing head­lines.

“We got the win!” a de­lighted Perel beamed af­ter a force­ful drive to vic­tory as he passed the sim­i­lar Rino Mas­tronardi and Clau­dio Sdanewitsch AF Corse Fer­rari af­ter set­ting the fastest first sec- tor of any car in the race.

“I got into a lit­tle trou­ble for my pass on the leader, but we kept the win and I’ll take it for sure!”

Perel’s re­turn to the Blanc­pain se­ries started with a dif­fi­cult qual­i­fy­ing ses­sion. “It was a bit of a dis­as­ter,” the Capeto­nian said.

“I never man­aged one lap where I wasn’t blocked by an­other car, but that’s just the na­ture of this track, so be it.”

The first race went much bet­ter as Perel handed the car over to Earl af­ter mak­ing good progress through the field, be­fore suc­cumb­ing to a track lim­its pe­nal which dropped the duo to third, but it was still Perel’s first Blanc­pain podium.

“A podium is a podium — I’ll take it with both hands,” Perel said.

“We were lead­ing un­til the pit stop. Un­for­tu­nately, we in­curred a drive through penalty for ex­ceed­ing track lim­its, which killed any chance of a win, but I was into the top 20 be­fore the stop.

“It was great rac­ing with the pros and bat­tling with the win­ner of the Spa 24.”

Sun­day’s main race was a great one for Perel, who took his first win in the se­ries fol­low­ing a dif­fi­cult start to the sea­son. “We won 10 000 for the team to­day [Sun­day],” he said. “We owe it to the team be­cause of all our driv­ethrough penal­ties!

“I re­ally love the Blanc­pain GT Sprint race for­mat,” Perel said. “Our pace is there but our race craft needs some work. I need to spe­cially thank Ron­nie Kes­sel, Gi­a­como Pic­cini and Alan MacDonald for all they have done to get me here. Here’s to them and to many more days like this!”

PHOTO: MO­TOR­SPORT ME­DIA

Amer­i­can Stephen Earl (left) and South Africa’s David Perel drove the Kes­sel Fer­rari to a maiden vic­tory in Hun­gary.

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