Multi-talented racing driver Seb Perez capped a busy year of competition as he claimed a class victory and seventh overall in the Rally Dijious Bo in Mallorca. Driving alongside Gary McElhinney in his Amigos-liveried 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera RS, Seb more than held his own against modern machinery.
After an untimed spectator stage in the rain on Friday, November 8, the rally itself began on Saturday morning, with a tricky 7.5km stage from Campanet to Pollença, which didn’t suit the characteristics of the Dansport-prepared Porsche, but Seb gained plenty of time back with a superb fourth-quickest time from Pollença to Lluch.
With a repeat through the next few stages where Seb fell back on the twisty sections but gained time again when he could stretch the legs of the Porsche, he was in a good position heading into the final stages of the day.
Fourth quickest on the 15.1km run from Puig Major to Gorg Blau, he was set up nicely for the night-time 31.3km finale from Puig Major to Caimari. Sadly, throttle problems and an oil pressure warning light meant he couldn’t show his full abilities as he ensured he brought the car home safely.
Regardless, seventh place was a superb result against modern cars, and he finished just three and a half minutes behind the leader who was competing in a Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car, much like the one Seb raced in the Carrera Cup GB during the summer.
Seb will now enjoy some time off over the winter before getting back behind the wheel of his Amigos Porsche 911 Carrera RS for two more rallies in Mallorca, before he confirms his exciting plans for the 2020 circuit racing season.
“On the tight, twisty stages it was tough, but on the fast, flowing ones it was good. We were running in the historic class and started 16th, but on stage 2, in the fast stuff, we were fourth, though we then dropped back again on the next stage because it was tight and twisty, before going third fastest on the fast, open stage four. The car was much more at home on the quick stages, and it was really a joy to drive.
“It’s just a shame that on the last 30-kilometre stage we had a few issues with the throttle and an oil pressure light, so we weren’t able to finish the rally as we would have liked. The last thing you want to have is issues on a stage as long as that, so it was really bad luck. On the whole we’re happy and it was an enjoyable weekend away.
“We didn’t have massive expectations going into the event, we just wanted to be in the top five. it’s a modern rally so to be up there in a historic car was good and it was really just a bit of a test for a couple of rallies we’re planning to enter next year, which will be great fun.
“I have to thank Dansport for the preparation of the car and Gary for once again being a great navigator. We’ve done a few events together and make a great team!”