Seb Perez prepares for Donington
Chesterfield racing driver Seb Perez will be back on the track again this weekend – this time at Donington – for the next round of the Simpson Race Products Ginetta Junior Championship; the support race to the popular Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship.
Despite mechanical problems, the 16-year old son of 2014 BTRDA Gold Star Rally Champion Steve Perez showed tremendous determination in the first round at the beginning of the month at Brands Hatch where he raced at the high-speed Indy Circuit track for the first time in a fiercely competitive field of 23 cars.
His weekend began with a good free practice session finishing 13th fastest with a top speed of 81.9 mph.
Qualifying for race one was a somewhat slower affair however and Perez finished in 17th position after suffering brake issues. He recorded a time of 57.696 seconds with a speed of 75.37mph.
After a mid-race safety car period, Perez pulled out all the stops for race one and rose through the ranks to finish in 11th position – 12.272 seconds behind race winner William Tregurtha; with a top speed of 67.95mph on lap 9.
Driving for his team JHR Developments, Perez started race two from the 6th row on the grid in 11th place alongside rookie driver Enzo Fittipaldi. Perez reached the chequered flag in 10th place – only 8.666 seconds behind race winner, Stuart Middleton.
Despite a disappointing start due to brake and engine problems, the car has since been through extensive testing and is now performing better ready for Donington.
Perez said “After a tricky weekend at Brands Hatch with brake issues in Qualifying and missing a bit of pace over the weekend I’m looking forward to Donington Park.
“I tested at Donington last week with some good times in dry and wet conditions. A lot of work has been put into the car since by JHR Developments.”
The whole race season is televised live on the Sundays on ITV4.
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