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Team Amigos impresses on Porsche Supercup debut

The Amigos crew had a fantastic time at the British Grand Prix at the weekend (Jul 12-14) as Team Amigos drivers George Gamble and Seb Perez made their debuts in the Porsche Supercup.

At Silverstone, we watched both drivers race on the international stage in the fastest one-make series on the Porsche ladder, where George took a fantastic top-15 finish in the ultra-competitive field.

“It was a mega race,” said George. “I’m pleased with the result; we were the fourth fastest Rookie. Qualifying was the hardest point, but it was a good race and we had some good battles with top drivers.”

Despite having just one practice session to acclimatise to different car setups and a new track surface, both drivers performed well. In qualifying, George finished in 14th place and fourth of the rookies, though Seb was disappointed to be 22nd overall and seventh rookie.

“We were on the back foot for practice,” said Seb. “Things went okay in qualifying but we mis-timed our runs a little, got caught with a yellow flag, and didn’t really maximise it. It wasn’t a million miles off but shows how tough Supercup is.”

“The cars are different to how we are used to them because they only run half the camber we do in GB,” added George. “We were learning a new surface, a new track, a new system, and the cars were different too. It was going to be tricky, but we were in the top half of the grid amongst the rookies.”

In front of an amazing crowd of 141,000 fans on race day, both Team Amigos drivers were keen to put on a good show and enjoy the experience, and they did not disappoint. George had a battle with reigning Porsche Carrera Cup GB champion Tio Ellinas, finishing three places in front of him, crossing the line 13th overall and fourth of the rookies.

“We got in the top ten but went a bit backwards,” said George. “It’s a new experience, and a new world for me so once I got my head around it was great. It’s been an incredible experience and I’m glad I did it.”

Seb drove a clean race, though was stuck at the rear of a big pack of cars, with just nine seconds covering ten drivers at the flag. He had a good battle with fellow Carrera Cup rival Josh Webster, as he finished 19th overall.

“In the race I had a good start and a clean first lap, but was at the back of a competitive pack,” said Seb. “I had a good battle with Josh but stayed where I was. It’s great to be here, it’s fantastic to be at the Supercup and to battle with some of these drivers is fantastic.

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

Team Amigos returns to the track on August 3/4 when Dan Cammish is back on track in the British Touring Car Championship at Snetterton, while George and Seb return to the Porsche Carrera Cup GB at Thruxton over August 16-18.

Source. Torque/Photo. Porsche

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