Fa­ther and son set to grace cir­cuit at Croft

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MAC­CLES­FIELD’S Perez Perez aims to start where he fin­ished this week­end when he goes to Croft race cir­cuit to com­pete in the next round of the Simp­son Race Prod­ucts Ginetta Ju­nior Cham­pi­onship

Croft will be another mile­stone in the Perez mo­tor­sport his­tory books as both Perez and his Fa­ther race in dif­fer­ent Ginetta races

Fa­ther Steve Perez, 2014 BTRDA Gold Star Rally Cham­pion and chair­man of Ch­ester­field based drinks brand de­vel­op­ment busi­ness GLOBAL BRANDS LTD, will drive the big­ger Ami­gos spon­sored Ginetta GT55 race car in Protyre Mo­tor­sport Ginetta GT5 Challenge.

Perez was in high spir­its af­ter his lat­est race week­end at Oul­ton Park just over a week ago in the ever pop­u­lar race se­ries con­tested by 14 to 17 year-old rac­ers.

Perez, 16 years old and a stu­dent at Kings School in Mac­cles­field, trav­elled to his lo­cal and favourite cir­cuit af­ter hav­ing some mis­for­tune in his last two rounds at Don­ing­ton Park and Thrux­ton dur­ing May.

Perez was de­ter­mined as ever and even more so in front of a lo­cal crowd to make the red hot and sunny week­end a suc­cess.

Af­ter a fan­tas­tic start to his week­end on the Fri­day in free prac­tice he ended the day fourth fastest with a time of 1:44.144s, only 0.532 sec­onds be­hind fastest man and leader of the cham­pi­onship Stu­art Mid­dle­ton and was top­ping speeds over 76mph.

In qual­i­fy­ing, he got a good early lap in, see­ing him go pole for at least the next ten min­utes only to drop to a re­spectable third and fin­ish­ing the ses­sion in fourth out of the 20 con­tenders.

Race one, to Perez’s de­light, saw him get pro­moted from a sec­ond row start to front row af­ter Tom Wooder re­ceived a five place grid penalty at Thrux­ton af­ter con­tact with Stu­art Mid­dle­ton.

As the lights went out the bat­tle com­menced, see­ing Perez get a good start and main­tain­ing sec­ond place and on the tail of leader Tre­gurtha and soon chal­leng­ing him for the lead. A late brake put Perez in his team JHR De­vel­op­ments Ginetta G40 race car down to third and a good bat­tle com­menced as Mid­dle­ton leader of the race se­ries was putting pres­sure on Perez.

This saw some fan­tas­tic driving from Perez to hold Mid­dle­ton off with some lovely clean swap­ping of places on ev­ery cor­ner of the cir­cuit.

By half race dis­tance the pres­sure was on and Perez and Mid­dle­ton were side by side, Mid­dle­ton tak­ing the ad­van­tage and tak­ing third place off Perez. This wasn’t the end Perez started push­ing Mid­dle­ton to the limit with a move on the inside, Perez run­ning wide and hav­ing to set­tle with fourth place af­ter such a close race and missing out on the podium, but his best ever race fin­ish.

Af­ter race one Perez said: “This was my best race I have ever driven, hav­ing just missed a podium af­ter such a close bat­tle I am re­ally pleased with fourth place.”

With Perez happy with the week­end up top that point, he was to try and do bet­ter in his next race

A sec­ond row po­si­tion awaited him for race two of the week­end, that saw him have a bril­liant start, a brave move into turn one saw him in third po­si­tion. In the next two laps Perez was on the back of Char­lie Fagg like a rash, by lap six Perez dropped to fourth af­ter a ma­noeu­vre by Mid­dle­ton, shortly af­ter both of them had a com­ing to­gether and a spin for Perez sent to the back of the field and he fin­ished the race 12th.

Af­ter­wards Perez com­mented: “I had another great start but un­for­tu­nately the spin set me back, I made some back up not enough wanted to be.”

Peres leaves Oul­ton Park with 31 points from the week­end’s races and in 16th po­si­tion in the cham­pi­onship with 65 points, his team JHR De­vel­op­ments are fourth in the Team Cham­pi­onship

Croft race Cir­cuit in North York­shire is next up on the cal­en­dar this week­end

He was asked about his thoughts of go­ing to Croft this week­end

“Qual­i­fy­ing is ev­ery­thing, we al­most did it at Don­ing­ton and a pole at Thrux­ton, I have come out good at Oul­ton and look for­ward to Croft this week­end.”

He added: “We have three races at Croft and the cir­cuit is quite abra­sive and I have tested here re­cently, my team JHR De­vel­op­ments have done a great job to the car af­ter the mi­nor hick ups at the start of the sea­son.” We all live and learn

“Croft is another race and another op­por­tu­nity.”

Perez was asked about Fa­ther and Son both rac­ing in dif­fer­ent events at the week­end and hav­ing a laugh said: “I’m sure he will be do­ing some learn­ing off me for a change, it would be good to see him get a nice Fa­ther’s Day gift of a win at Croft.”

The end of the Ginetta Ju­nior sea­son is at the be­gin­ning of Oc­to­ber and there is still a long road ahead for Perez to show us what he is made of.

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