Costantino Peroni ended his first race weekend of the 2015 season with a podium finish. The 18-year-old Italian made his debut in the 18th running of the JK Tyre Race Championship at Coimbatore in India with the support of Antonio Ferrari’s Eurointernational, which manages the series. He got the chance to be back on-track 10 months after his last race outing happened in the Euroformula Open at Monza in 2014.
After one day and a half of collective testing that enabled Peroni to regain the confidence with a race car, he drove his Mygale FB02 to the top spot of the second free practice and to second place in the third session. On Saturday morning’s qualifying, despite ending up just 8 tenths of a second from the pole, he had to settle for the 8th place on the grid and replicated the same result with his second fastest mark for race 2.
Costantino captured two seventh place finishes in the opening races before starting race 3 still in 7th by the results of the previous heat. He took advantage from an empty spot on the grid to take 6th by the end of the opening lap before cruising to fourth with two clean moves. The closing laps brought Peroni to the podium when a rival went off-track. Although he got closer and closer to the leading pair, the checkered flag cut his recovery short preventing him from attempting a late attack.
“I would have never expected to be back from my first race here with a trophy. I’m really satisfied because despite it was race 3 with the reverse grid and I was starting seventh due to a tough race 2, I managed to fight back even though I was out of the reverse grid benefit. It’s been an hard-charging race that definitely boosted my morale after an entire year away from the track. I thank Eurointernational for how they assisted me in this occasion and JK Tyre for promoting this event. India is an extraordinary country and a place where motorsport is still made of passion. In a relatively small circuit like the one outside Coimbatore, there were an huge amount of people and many of them followed the races in live streaming and on the social networks. Now I hope to improve my performance for the next races”.
The next round for the JK Tyre Championship will be once again at Coimbatore on the 6th of September.