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“Fantastic” experience for Seb Perez on Porsche Supercup debut

Seb Perez made his Porsche Supercup debut at the weekend (July 12-14) as he raced in front of 141,000 fans at Silverstone.

Stepping up to the highest level of Porsche one-make competition from his usual drive in the Carrera Cup GB, the 19-year old held his own against some very experienced drivers as he finished 19th overall in the 30-car field.

Having to contend with a change in camber compared to his usual Carrera Cup car, Seb also had to learn the limits and grip levels on the newly-resurfaced circuit.

After a solid practice session, the Amigos-backed driver was disappointed to line up 22nd overall and seventh of the rookie drivers after qualifying, not quite hooking up a clear lap when the tyres were at their best.

Taking to the track for the final support race ahead of the British Grand Prix, Seb made up a couple of places at the start and settled in to a race-long battle with Carrera Cup rival Josh Webster.

Part of a ten-car train, frustratingly he wasn’t able to make up any further positions before the end of the 13-lap race, crossing the line 19th, just seven seconds off of the top ten.

Regardless of the result, Seb took a positive approach to the weekend, learning lots and increasing his knowledge, which will be a positive not only for the future, but also for the upcoming Carrera Cup races at Silverstone in support of the FIA World Endurance Championship at the end of August.

Seb is next in action in his Amigos Redline Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup machine at Thruxton in Hampshire in the Carrera Cup GB on August 16-18.

Seb Perez

“Things went okay in practice and in qualifying we mis-timed our runs a little. We got caught with a yellow flag and didn’t really maximise it. It was close but we got a time which wasn’t a million miles off but shows how tough Supercup is.

“In the race I had a good start and a clean first lap but was at the back of a competitive pack. I had a good battle with Josh Webster but stayed where I was. It’s great to be here, it’s fantastic to be on a Supercup weekend and to be battling with some of these drivers is fantastic. It’s not always about your position at these sorts of events, its about being here and competing.

“We’re back here at the end of August racing with the FIA World Endurance Championship so that will be interesting as we’ll have had more seat time than some of the other guys which will help. It shows how tough the championship is for us to come in and be mid-pack, it’s a massive learning curve but nice to try something different.”

Source. Torque/Photo. Porsche

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