Tasmanian gun Alex Peroni’s new career move has been confirmed after securing a seat in the 2022 European Le Mans Series (ELMS).
Having raced predominately in international open wheel categories since moving to Europe in 2015, this year will mark Peroni’s first foray into sports car racing.
The 22-year-old will contest the six-round season with reigning LMP2 champion-team G-Drive Racing by APR alongside American John Falb, who was part of the 2021 title-winning team and fellow Australian James Allen.
Joining the team as the least experienced member of the trio, Peroni was looking forward to the next chapter in his career.
“I'm very pleased to be racing with a team that I know will be able to compete at the front, and I thank everyone at G-Drive Racing by APR for giving me this opportunity,” Peroni said.
“I know I have a lot to learn in endurance racing but I'm confident it's the right environment to give it my best.
“I'll be looking to learn as much as possible from my very experienced teammates and to help us achieve the team's objectives in 2022.
“I thank my incredible Tasmanian sponsors and my supporters who have been with me for many years and who have once again shown their confidence in me as I make an important step in my career."
While the Tasmanian isn’t overly familiar with sports car racing, he enters 2022 with a wealth of experience at some of the circuits the series will race at, including Spa, Imola and Barcelona, after racing in some of Europe’s top tier junior categories over the years.
Arriving in Italy for the F4 championship in 2015, Peroni then spent the next five years competing in other junior categories such as the Formula Renault Eurocup and FIA Formula 3 Championship where he enjoyed multiple race wins and podiums.
In 2021, Peroni moved from Europe to the United States where he ran in half of the Indy Lights season with UK outfit Carlin Motorsport – a podium at the famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway the pick of his results.
Manager of G-Drive Racing by APR, Roman Russinov, was looking forward to having Peroni part of what he believed was a strong line up.
“I believe the driver line up is very balanced including John Falb and James Allen, who already have solid experience in endurance racing, and promising driver Alex Peroni who is sure to surprise many in his debut season at the wheel of a prototype,” Russinov said.
In addition to the six-round European Le Mans Series, Peroni may also debut at the 2022 24 Hour of Le Mans, with the team working towards getting a G-Drive Racing by APR Pro-AM entry for the iconic race.
Peroni will head to Sebring in the United States next month to get his first taste of the LMP2 car, before the season begins in April with the 4 Hours of a Le Castellet.