Amigos Racing driver Seb Perez endured a tough weekend in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB at Donington Park last weekend (April 27/28) after a big impact in race one almost ruled him out of the rest of the weekend. Overnight work by his Redline Racing team however, restored the car to race condition, allowing the reigning Pro-Am champion to battle to a point-scoring finish in the second race of the meeting.
The weekend got underway one day earlier than usual, with the two free practice sessions taking place on Thursday, in changeable weather conditions which proved to a forerunner to Saturday’s weather. Qualifying took place on a wet but drying track on Saturday morning but a brief rain shower mid-session ensured no one was able to improve their times meaning Seb, contesting the Pro championship this year, lined up in fifth place on the grid.
Holding his position off the line for the first contest, he made his way past Lewis Plato to take fourth place. With the battle continuing down the Craner Curves, Plato regained the advantage but then ran wide, forcing the Amigos Racing Porsche off line. As he went onto the wet grass, Seb was a passenger as the car slid at high-speed into the barriers, though the strength of the car meant he was happily uninjured.
With extensive damage caused by the impact however, the Redline Racing team had a late night fixing the damage, but by the morning the car was once again ready to race. Starting back in ninth place, he drove maturely to pick his way through the pack, moving up into seventh place before a slow puncture halted further progress. Nevertheless, he nursed the car hone for seventh place, which would become sixth after the post-race exclusion of Tom Roche for a technical infringement. Seb now sits in fifth place in the championship.
“Qualifying was interesting,” said Seb. “We were in the wet, but we had a good run and were in the top three. We slightly missed the boat when we went to go out as the track dried a little bit and was a bit greasy, so it had lost the edge when we changed tyres.
“The pace in the first race was brilliant. The car was fantastic, and we were really hunting people down. I had a good battle with Lewis Plato, but he ran wide into the Old Hairpin and re-joined in an awkward position which pushed me wide, and onto the grass. The kerbs were still wet, and the grass was sodden, so I was just a passenger.
“Redline did a great job sorting the car out but we had to pay the price by starting race two from ninth. It’s pretty difficult to overtake here so we ended up seventh. We had a little bit of contact and about halfway through the race we developed a slow puncture. It meant I couldn’t hit the brakes hard and try and make a move on someone. We are happy with how we did, it’s a shame about the puncture, but we’re looking forward to Croft. I haven’t raced there for two years and coming from a Ginetta Junior into something with four times the power will be a bit of a baptism of fire but it’s a nice little technical circuit and I think we can have a good weekend.”
Source. Torque/Photo. Porsche