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Seb Perez battles to second place finish in Mallorca rally

Talented racing driver Seb Perez recorded a superb second-place finish in the Rally Sol de Ponent last weekend (February 22), finishing just five seconds off the lead after ten stages of competition.

Once again climbing behind the wheel of his Dansport-prepared Amigos Tequila Beer 1974 Porsche 911 RS, Seb drove alongside navigator Gary McElhinney, with whom he tackled the Rally Dijious Bo, also on Mallorca, in November.

The pair were right in the mix from the start, finishing second or third quickest on each of the opening six stages, before unleashing the power of the Porsche to record fastest times on stages seven, nine, and ten, as they chased down eventual winners Alberto Frau and Tomeu Mas in a nimble Mini Rallye R56.

The result leaves Seb and Gary in an ideal position ahead of their main goal, the XVI Rally Clasico Isla Mallorca, which takes place over three days from 12-14 March, where they’ll be going for the overall victory, once again in the Porsche.

Seb Perez

“It was really good fun. We were a bit fortunate in that the first couple of stages were in our favour, being in a wide car against narrower and more modern rivals. That got us up into the mix and then we had a bit of a loss for the first few afternoon stages due to them being very tight and twisty.

“The last stages were a bit of a mix so we could use the power of the Porsche on the open sections. We had a great battle until the end, with just five seconds between ourselves and Alberto and Tomeu in their Mini. We were swapping stage times throughout the day and it was an incredibly close finish.

“The third to last stage was in favour of Alberto so he took six seconds off me and I gave it everything for the last two. We took six seconds back on the final stage, though it wasn’t quite enough. But it was good fun and this rally was more of a test for the Classic in a few weeks’ time, so we’re ready for that.

“The top class for the Classic is all three-litre cars like mine, which means we’ll all lose time in the same places, so it will be closer throughout the event. I finished third there in 2018 and second last year, so this time I’ve only got one option!”

Source. Torque

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