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.
“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.