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Perez ends Porsche Carrera Cup GB season on a high at Brands Hatch finale

Seb Perez enjoyed a positive finish to his season in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB as he travelled to Brands Hatch for two races on its challenging Grand Prix circuit at the weekend (October 11-13).

Intermittent rain on both Saturday and Sunday mornings made driving conditions challenging for everyone and the 20-year old was only able to qualify ninth when repeated red flags disrupted drivers’ second runs on fresh tyres.

However, Seb managed to gain two places before the Safety Car was called on the first lap of race one and took one further place before having a somewhat lonely race from then on, crossing the line sixth in his Amigos Redline Racing Porsche.

Just missing out on the reverse grid pole for race two, when position five was drawn, the Chesterfield-native enjoyed a long battle with Jamie Orton for sixth for most of the first half of the 17-lap contest.

With the recovering Lewis Plato joining the fray, Seb opened a small gap but was reeled back in before being passed in a late, opportunistic move into Paddock Hill Bend.

He followed Plato as the pair then caught Ross Wylie for fifth place, but a late Safety Car meant there was a one-lap shootout to the end of the race. The Team Amigos driver tried his best but wasn’t able to gain any further positions, crossing the line seventh to round out his season.

It has been a strong maiden season for Seb in the Pro class. Having graduated from Pro-Am where he was crowned champion last season, he claimed two overall podium finishes on his way to fifth in the championship standings, having scored points in all but two events. With exciting options on the table for 2020 and several rallies planned, there will be little time for him to relax over the winter months.

Seb Perez

“We had a good final two races. It was interesting, especially for qualifying on Saturday, where the track was half dry. I didn’t quite make the most of it, I got held up with red flags and didn’t complete a lap on the second set of tyres.

“That affected a lot of people as well, so a few of us were in the same boat being out of position to where we could have been. The pace in the car was very good in the wet.

“For race one I was in no man’s land with no one behind and a bit of a gap to the lead pack. I was involved in a nice battle for sixth in race two and then for fourth towards the end, but the Safety Car delayed that slightly.

“I was expecting two laps at the end of the race and tried to capitalise on the battle with Lewis and Ross but sadly we only got one more lap to race, so we finished seventh.

“It has been fantastic competing in Porsche for the past two years and great to be with Redline Racing. They are a brilliant team and I have enjoyed every minute with them. It has been a pleasure working with their guys and then to have Tio [Ellinas] for the final two rounds has been brilliant.

“There is nothing planned for 2020 yet but we are reviewing everything at the moment. We haven’t decided on anything, but we have options both in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB as well as further afield, so we’ll see what we decide on. I have some rallies planned now for the winter so that will be great fun.”

Source. Torque


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