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Aussie F1 hopeful wins in Monaco

Tom Howard

Sunday 27th May, 2018 - 12:04pm

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Alex Peroni
Pic:Diederik van der Laan / Dutch Photo Agency

Rising Australian single seater star Alex Peroni has claimed a convincing win in the Formula Renault Eurocup series in Monaco.

The Tasmanian produced a faultless drive from pole position to take out the opening Formula Renault race of the weekend on the famous Monte Carlo streets.

Peroni took the chequered flag with a 4.3s margin over R-ACE GP driver Charles Milesi, while Victor Martins finished third.

The victory has seen the 18-year-old climb from 12th to eighth in the championship standings.

“To win any race at this famous circuit, in front of the Formula 1 teams, is just amazing,” said Peroni.

Peroni celebrates victory in Monaco
Pic: Sebastiaan Rozendaal / Dutch Photo Agency

“It’s just what I needed after a difficult start to this year’s series.

“It was as near to a perfect race that I’ve ever driven. My car was near-perfect too.

“I got a good start, which is more important at Monaco than anywhere else.

“Overtaking is almost impossible here unless the driver ahead makes a mistake.

“In the first laps I could attack the circuit without risking hitting the barriers.

“With Charles and Victor fighting over second place, I was able to extend my lead until I had a safe margin.

“From there I maintained the gap until the end of the race.”

Peroni’s fellow countryman Thomas Maxwell and Oscar Piastri finished eighth and 13th respectively out of a 27 car field.

The Formula Renault series will take to the streets for a second race later today with Peroni due to start from second on the grid.

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