South Africa’s David Perel added a second Blancpain GT Championship to his 2017 racing basket when he won the final round of the Sprint Series at the Nurburgring over the weekend. Perel’s Blancpain Overall AM Championship comes in addition to the AM GT Sprint title he secured a few weeks ago.
David needed to score a single point to secure the title, but the Cape Town driver delivered far more than that has he and US teammate Stephen Earle put in a dominant performance to put their Kessel Racing Ferrari 458 on pole position before racing off to two Sprint Cup AM category race wins at the legendary German racetrack.
“That was the best Sprint Race weekend I’ve ever had!” a delighted David confirmed. “The moment I did my first lap around the track I knew I would enjoy it and could do well, there is not a corner at the Nurburgring that I do not like. “Our Kessel Ferrari 458 GT3 may not be the latest machinery but it certainly held its own, especially in the Main Race where we were easily on the pace of the Pro-Class leaders.”
Perel began his GT racing career just two and a half years ago — tired of watching the races he had long dreamed of competing in from his couch at home, David, a well established racer back home in South Africa, set out on a mission to follow his dream of racing at the sharp end of the international GT scene.
“Winning this title is a dream come true and one I never thought would actually happen! “I must thank Kessel Ferrari, my teammate Stephen Earle and my manager Alan Macdonald, all of whom played a huge role in me winning the AM Sprint and AM Overall Blancpain Championships. “I am not done yet,” David conceded. “I am in the running for the Blancpain AM GT Endurance title, so I still have my sights set on the triple crown at Blancpain GT AM Endurance Championship finale at Barcelona in two weeks…”
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