SEB PEREZ TO MAKE SE­NIOR RALLY DE­BUT

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Seb Perez will make his se­nior rally de­but in the Mo­tor­sport News Cir­cuit Rally Cham­pi­onship on the Neil Howard Stages in Oc­to­ber, while fa­ther Steve could also bring his Lan­cia Stratos out in the series.

Seb Perez has com­peted in cir­cuit rac­ing in the Ginetta Ju­nior Cham­pi­onship this year, but still hasn’t de­cided on whether to com­mit to rac­ing or ral­ly­ing. He has com­peted in the Ju­nior For­mula 1000 Cham­pi­onship in the past.

Steve – a two-time BTRDA Gold Star cham­pion – con­firmed Seb is un­de­cided.

“I’m go­ing to do se­lected rounds and so is Seb,” said Steve Perez. “The idea for the first one is that I’m go­ing to co-drive for Seb in ei­ther a Suzuki Swift or Re­nault Clio. He knows the cir­cuit well and we’re con­sid­er­ing the Clio Cup next year [part of the Bri­tish Tour­ing Car Cham­pi­onship sup­port bill] and I wanted him to do some­thing in a fron­twheel-drive car. He wants to drive an Es­cort [Mk2]!”

Perez also con­firmed an out­ing in the MN series – which is open for reg­is­tra­tions for its sec­ond sea­son – pro­vid­ing he can find a cir­cuit that suits the Lan­cia’s short-ra­tio gear­box.

“I’m prob­a­bly go­ing to get the Stratos out on one or two of the events,” he added. “As long as the straights aren’t too long. We need to keep the noise down on it as well [to pass scru­ti­neer­ing].”

Perez added that he would be tak­ing his Audi quat­tro S1 – driven by Mal­colm Wil­son at a demo at Croft ear­lier this year – and the Stratos to the Group B fes­ti­val at Wales Rally GB. Seb will drive the quat­tro with Perez in the Stratos.

Perez has com­peted on a num­ber of his­toric events in the Stratos in 2016. He did make a one-off ap­pear­ance in his ex-markko Martin Ford Fo­cus in the MN cham­pi­onship at Brands Hatch in March, fin­ish­ing fourth in tricky con­di­tions. ● The Neil Howard Stages opened for en­tries last Fri­day. The event filled up in just over 30 min­utes.

Pho­tos: M & H Pho­tog­ra­phy, Jakob Ebrey, Writ­tle Pho­to­graphic

Seb nav­i­gated for Steve at Brands Hatch Stratos set for MN series Steve (l) and Seb to Oul­ton

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