About David Perel

There’s a popular saying in the motorsport world about a driver being born with a helmet on their head.

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, with the help of his manager Alan Macdonald, 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.

Since signing with Kessel David has gone on to win the 2017 Total 24 Hours of Spa, 2017 Blancpain Sprint, Endurance and Overall AM Championships as well as 8 other major GT racing events.

David Perel - Monza 2016

Recent Media Features

“David exceeded our expectations, showing outstanding performances and impressive growth throughout 2015. He is eager to learn and gives you 100% commitment, both in the race car and out. He bonded with all the Team and his team mates, always bringing his enthusiasm at each event. Even through difficult times David carried a positive attitude, helping everyone around him to move forward with determination and focus.”

Marco Bielli

Career Highlights

South African Championships, wins at Spa, Imola and fastest laps at karting world finals are a few of David’s achievements.

  • 2000 Started Racing
  • 2003 – 2007 4x Province Champion
  • 2004 2nd SA Stock Championship
  • 2007 1st SA Rotax Max Championship
  • 2007 6th Rotax Max Challenge World Finals
  • 2011 3rd African Rotax Max Championship
  • 2012 3rd SA Rotax Max Championship
  • 2012 2nd African Rotax Max Championship
2015 GT Racing
  • Italian GT Championship
  • Vice Champion
  • 10 Events
  • 9 Front Row Starts
  • 9 Podiums
  • 7 Wins
  • 5 Fastest Laps
  • 3 Pole Positions
2016/2017 GT Racing
  • 2017 Spa 24 Hour Winner
  • 2017 Paul Ricard 1000km Winner
  • 2017 Blancpain Sprint Cup AM Champion
  • 2016 Gulf 12 Hour Winner
  • 2016 GT Open Final Winner
  • 8x Blancpain Race Winner

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