Aussies Abroad: May 2019

F3 driving Australian Alex Peornis' helmet

There are plenty of Australians trying to make a name for themselves overseas on four wheels.

Racing internationally is extremely competitive and many are trying to prove themselves worthy of reaching Formula 1®.

Here are some of the highlights of Australians competing on the world stage in May 2019.

Alex Peroni

Tasmanian racer Alex Peroni has begun his first season in Formula 3 after a successful Formula Renault stint.

Peroni joined Spanish team Campos Racing for 2019, with the first race of the season taking place in Barcelona. Peroni qualified strongly before a few mistakes cost the 19-year-old points-scoring finishes.

The Australian spoke with earlier this month about his idols, one of which is Australia’s current F1® star Daniel Ricciardo.

“I think that because of the way that he drives in the car and how he shows himself off the track, he is an idol in every sense,” Peroni said.

Peroni is next in action for races 3 and 4 of the F3 season in France on 21-23 June.

Caitlin Wood

Maitland-born Caitlin Wood was selected for the inaugural W-Series in April, making it through a selection process of 44 potential participants, with the first two race events of the series taking place in May.

The W-Series is an all-female single-seater racing championship, designed in response to the lack of female drivers progressing to F1®.

Wood performed well in both races, surviving a wet track in Hockenheim to secure her first points of the season in P10, before just missing a top-10 finish in Belgium.

The series has already been a major success, British driver and championship leader Jamie Chadwick having been selected for the Williams Driver Academy.

W-Series racing next heads to Misano, Italy on 7-8 June. The series can be watched locally live through SBS On Demand.

Oscar Piastri

Eighteen-year-old Oscar Piastri races in the Formula Renault Eurocup and joined reigning champions R-ace GP team for 2019.

The local Melbourne racer won two races at Silverstone, before finishing fourth and fifth in two races at the notoriously hard Monaco circuit cemented his championship credentials.

Currently third in the championship, the Australian will look to continue his strong form at Circuit Paul Ricard, France in June.

Jack Doohan

Son of Australian MotoGP™/500cc legend Mick Doohan, 16-year-old Jack Doohan races in both the F3 Asian Championship and Euroformula.

Part of the Red Bull Juniors, the Aussie scored his first podium finish in the Euroformula as a rookie, taking P2 in Hockenheim.

Although happy to finish on the podium, Doohan was confident he could do more.

“First qualifying on Saturday was good and we should have had pole but for a small mistake, but we lost a bit of pace for the race and I wasn't able to take advantage of the P2 on the grid and get the win,” he said. “Still, second was good.”

Doohan’s good form continued in the F3 Asian Championship, winning race five of the series and finding the podium again in race six in P2.

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