DAVID PEREL, 32

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HON­OUR­ING the youth, re­mem­ber­ing their strug­gles and high­light­ing their in­cred­i­ble po­ten­tial are some of the things that come to mind when rac­ing driver David Perel thinks about Youth Day. He races for Kes­sel Fer­rari. “My job in­volves rac­ing a Fer­rari 488 GT3 against the best driv­ers and man­u­fac­tur­ers at For­mula One race tracks around the world,” he said.

He’s dreamt of rac­ing since the age of 3.

“I be­gan rac­ing karts when I was 15 years old but I was forced to stop at the age of 23. I then came back to rac­ing at 29 and quickly climbed the lad­der in Europe to even­tu­ally land with Kes­sel Fer­rari,” he says.

The Joburg-born speed­ster says he wishes to share his dream with oth­ers.

“I am fo­cused on try­ing to in­spire young South African rac­ing driv­ers. To make the jump and race in Europe is a huge chal­lenge for South Africans and I want to prove that it’s pos­si­ble.

“I re­ally want to make our coun­try proud as I try to win some of the big­gest rac­ing events out­side of For­mula One,” Perel said.

An­other of his wishes is to find tal­ented young driv­ers who are hun­gry enough to make the sac­ri­fices nec­es­sary to be­come suc­cess­ful.

“There’s so much op­por­tu­nity for us these days, es­pe­cially in the tech world. My brother and I taught our­selves how to pro­gram which al­lowed us to cre­ate our own busi­ness which even­tu­ally led to me liv­ing my dream,” he said.

Some of his proud­est on-track achieve­ments in­clude win­ning at leg­endary F1 race tracks like Spa-Fran­cor­champs and Imola.

“But my main high­light is ac­tu­ally get­ting to a point where I am able to live my child­hood dream.

“The climb up to this point has in­volved a lot of sac­ri­fice and I’m proud to have got­ten this far,” said Perel.

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