Brands Hatch opener for race ace Seb

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MO­TOR RAC­ING PAUL HOR­TON

MO­TOR rac­ing ace Seb Perez, a stu­dent at Kings School, is in place for his first race of the sea­son at Brands Hatch in the Simp­son Race Prod­ucts Ginetta Ju­nior Cham­pi­onship

He topped of­fi­cial test­ing at Brands Hatch re­cently, where he showed strong pace and fight­ing spirit in his first test ses­sion of the new 2016 sea­son Ginetta Ju­nior Cham­pi­onship which is con­tested by 14 to 17 year-old rac­ers.

Perez lapped the Indy Cir­cuit at Brands Hatch in 56.357 sec­onds and topped a to­tal of 21 Ginetta driv­ers out test­ing with three ses­sions on track.

Driv­ing for his team, JHR De­vel­op­ments at a top speed of 77.16mph on lap 24 out of 34 laps com­pleted in the third and fi­nal ses­sion for the day

Seb’s first full sea­son in a Ginetta G40 race car last year was a to­tal learn­ing curve for him but saw him get top ten fin­ishes at Croft and Snet­ter­ton, part of eleven top 15 places for the sea­son. He fin­ished 20th in the fi­nal stand­ings.

He then made a podium fin­ish and a top five place in the end to the sea­son in the Win­ter Se­ries Cham­pi­onship fin­ish­ing fifth over­haul.

“I had a great first year with Ginetta,” said Perez.

“I’ve got­ten used to the Ginetta G40 race car and the cir­cuits we travel to, so I’m hop­ing that ex­pe­ri­ence will come in handy when it comes to pick­ing up more podium po­si­tions!”

“I’ve got a great team be­hind me with JHR De­vel­op­ments, and I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to get­ting back out on track,” he added.

Perez made the tran­si­tion from ral­ly­ing to rac­ing and fol­low­ing in petrol head Fa­ther’s mo­tor sport foot­steps at the end of 2014 where is raced a Ginetta at Brands Hatch in the fi­nal round of the se­ries and part of a sup­port race to the Bri­tish Tour­ing Car Cham­pi­onship.

He fin­ished 18th and 16th for a first out­ing in a new car and to­tally dif­fer­ent to driv­ing through forests in a rally car.

Mo­tor sport is no stranger to Perez Jnr, son of 2014 BTRDA Gold Star Rally Cham­pion Steve Perez, who has com­peted in the Kick En­ergy Ju­nior 1000 Rally Cham­pi­onship at the wheel of a Nis­san Mi­cra rally car.

The se­ries is backed by Fa­ther Steve’s Global Brands busi­ness based in Ch­ester­field.

Fa­ther Steve Perez with Seb as co-driver also fin­ished fourth over­haul and first in class in the MGJ Win­ter Stages Rally also at Brands Hatch in Fe­bru­ary.

The Ch­ester­field­based rac­ing team teenager starts his at­tack this week­end in the 2016 Simp­son Race Prod­ucts Ginetta Ju­nior Cham­pi­onship, as a sup­port race se­ries to the ever pop­u­lar Bri­tish Tour­ing Car Cham­pi­onship at Brands Hatch.

He then races at lo­cal cir­cuit Don­ing­ton Park over the week­end of 16-17th April.

The whole race sea­son is tele­vised live on the Sun­day on ITV4.

●● Seb Perez

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