PEREZ FAM­ILY SET FOR R.A.C. RALLY

Fa­ther and son sign up for re­vived event

Motor Sport News - - Historics - By Paul Lawrence

Fa­ther and son Steve and Seb Perez are among the first com­peti­tors to con­firm plans to tackle the re­worked Roger Al­bert Clark Rally in Novem­ber.

While Perez se­nior will thrill fans by tak­ing his stun­ning Lan­cia Stratos back into the forests, his son Seb will cap a sea­son of rac­ing by driv­ing a Ford Es­cort Mk2 Pinto on his first ma­jor rally. Seb will turn 18 just six weeks be­fore the rally.

Steve Perez has been a loyal sup­porter of the rally and orig­i­nally had his Stratos built in or­der to con­test the event that recre­ates the fa­mous RAC Ral­lies of the 1970s.

“It’ll be Seb’s first ma­jor gravel rally, but we’ll try and get him out on some­thing be­fore­hand,” said Steve. “He’s got a full sea­son’s rac­ing in a Ginetta G55 be­fore that. He fol­lowed me do­ing it in the Stratos for many years and he’s re­ally ex­cited about do­ing it him­self.”

Perez se­nior says that the for­mat of the re­launched rally has re­ally cap­tured his imag­i­na­tion and he ex­pects a strong en­try from Europe.

“It’s a great for­mat and I want to make sure that peo­ple in Europe find out about it,” he said. “Lots of peo­ple talk about the R.A.C. Rally and we’re out do­ing mainly Euro­pean His­toric Cham­pi­onship ral­lies this year.”

He be­lieves that the R.A.C. is the ideal event to take the Stratos back into the UK forests. “What put us off do­ing UK for­est events was run­ning at the back of the field, but this should be much bet­ter,” he added.

Pho­tos: Paul Lawrence

Steve Perez will run his Lan­cia Stratos

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