David started racing at the age of 15 in the Western Province Karting Championship. By the time we was 23 he’d won 5 Province and National Championships. At the age of 24 he progressed to Single Seaters however before the season hit the halfway mark he was forced to stop due to a lack of funds – a common occurrence in the world of racing.
Unable to find a solution David turned his attention to the web company he co-founded with his brother in their teens, called Obox Themes, with the intention of saving up as much money as possible in order to make a comeback in his later years. 20 hour days and 5 years later David had saved up enough money for one more GT race which ended up going so well that he was offered a drive for the 2015 season with Bonaldi Motorsport in the Italian GT Championship.
The end result was an incredibly successful season which netted him 2nd in the Championship and included more wins, pole positions and fastest laps than any other driver in the field. A particular highlight for David was winning at Spa, on debut, in the pouring rain!
His performance in his first ever European season led to an offer from Kessel Racing Ferrari at the Vallelunga race track in Italy. After the two day test David finished on the same pace as their factory drivers.
For 2016 David signed a 3 year deal with Kessel Ferrari to represent them in the Blancpain Endurance Series. It has always been a dream of David’s to compete in the series but little did he know that it would happen in only his second year of GT Racing!
Motorsport Ambition: Race and win at Le Mans in the GT class
Born: 7 May 1985
Lives: Cape Town, South Africa
Weight & Height: 72-73kg 1.72m
School: Camps Bay High School
Other Interests: Interface design for web and phone applications
Favourite car: Depends, LaFerrari, Audi R8 v8, Porsche 911 GT3 RS, Renault Clio Sport 200. But I still believe the very best everyday car is an Audi S3 (I''''ll argue this to my grave)
Racing hero: Valentino Rossi
Hero outside of racing: My brother and my father
Favourite food: McDonalds Big Mac (I know...)
Favourite drink: Orange juice
Favourite music: Deep house
Favourite Movie/TV show: Batman The Dark Night, House of Cards
David Perel Race CV
2000 Started Racing in karting
2003 – 2007 4x Western Province Karting Champion
2004 - 2nd SA Stock Karting Championship
2007 - SA Rotax Max Karting Champion
2007 - 6th Rotax Max Challenge World Karting Finals
2011 - 3rd African Rotax Max Karting Championship
2012 - 3rd SA Rotax Max Karting Championship
2012 - 2nd African Rotax Max Karting Championship
2015 - Italian GT Championship - Vice Champion
10 Events, 9 Front Row Starts, 9 Podiums, 7 Wins, 5 Fastest Laps, 3 Pole Positions
2016 - Blancpain Endurance Series 2016
Monza Round 1: Qualified 3rd
Silverstone Round 2: Qualified Pole Position
Paul Ricard Round 3: Qualified Pole Position