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Pair of fourth-place finishes for Seb Perez on Porsche Carrera Cup GB return to Thruxton

Seb Perez continued his Porsche Carrera Cup GB campaign at the weekend (August 16-18) as the championship returned to the UK’s fastest circuit, Thruxton after a five-year hiatus.

The teenager took two excellent fourth-place finishes in both races as he continues his maiden campaign in the series’ top-level Pro class, after being crowned Pro-Am champion last year.

Track time was at a premium on Friday as the heavens opened before the second practice session, with a large portion of the grid choosing to sit the session out, meaning Seb didn’t have the ideal amount of track time in his Amigos Redline Racing machine.

Qualifying sixth for race one, Seb had to battle a rain shower which fell ahead of the contest, meaning drivers had a difficult decision whether to pit for wet tyres or stay on their slicks.

Making the right call to stay as he was, Seb let those on wets go in the early stages but fought back as the track dried and came back to him, fending off a late-charging Esmee Hawkey to hold fourth at the end of a challenging race.

Starting third for the partial reverse-grid race two, he was in the mix on the opening lap, avoiding drama when there was contact between cars at Campbell Corner, to snatch the lead, before being caught and passed by Josh Webster and Dan Harper.

Settling into third, Seb was looking to secure a podium finish, but was frustratingly passed by Lewis Plato in the latter stages, finishing fourth once again.

Leaving Thruxton with two fourth-place finishes sets Seb up nicely for the next round at Silverstone in two weeks’ time, where the series will support the FIA World Endurance Championship, a venue he competed at in July in a one-off appearance in the Porsche Supercup.

Seb Perez

“In FP1 the pace was fairly good; the track was greasy, and I hadn’t raced at Thruxton for four years, so it was good to get back into a rhythm. We did six laps in the rain in FP2 to see what it was like incase it was wet over the weekend, which proved to be very useful, but we were also mindful of not damaging the car.

“In qualifying we had the pace and we were very competitive. I felt we could have been in the top three, but I had traffic on my best lap.

“Race one was interesting due to it starting wet when we were on slicks. I had flashbacks to Croft and was wondering if we were on the right tyres. We did a second Safety Car lap and the track was wet in sectors one and two but sector three was bone dry.

“The rain was very heavy, and I thought about stopping but I thought ‘it’s going to blow over and in ten laps time it will be the wrong tyre.’ The three other cars in front of me were on slicks and pulled a gap at the start so I was in no man’s land and finished fourth.

“I started third on the reverse grid for race two and had an awkward moment into the third corner; Jamie Orton in front braked early so I had contact with him, and he then ran wide into George [Gamble], who went off.

“We led the rest of the lap until Josh [Webster] got a good tow and passed me down the back straight. After that I tried to look after the tyres; we played the long game, but it didn’t quite work out. That said, two fourths is a good result and I’m looking forward to the WEC rounds next.

“I’ve already raced on the Silverstone GP track in the Supercup during the Formula 1 weekend so it will be good to get back there and show what we can do.”

Source. Torque

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