Perez shrugs off accident to progress in national championship

MAKING PROGRESS -- Chesterfield driver Seb Perez in action at Knockhill. (PHOTO BY: Jakob Ebrey).
MAKING PROGRESS -- Chesterfield driver Seb Perez in action at Knockhill. (PHOTO BY: Jakob Ebrey).
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Chesterfield-based teenager Seb Perez shrugged off an accident to continue his pleasing progress in the national championship designed for aspiring motor-racing drivers across the country.

Perez competed at the Scottish track of Knockill for the first time in a fiercely competitive field for rounds 13 and 14 of the Ginetta Junior Championships, sponsored by KICK Start Energy.

And after battling hard to finish 16th in the first race, he improved again in the second to bag an excellent 12th.

“We pushed forward in both races and made some places, which was good,” said Perez, whose race programme is supported by Morris Lubricants.

“Now I hope to have a good weekend when the championship continues at Rockingham in Corby over the weekend of September 5 and 6. I’ve not raced there yet, and had only one test there so far.”

The Ginetta Championship is contested by 14-to-17-year-olds who all drive Ginetta G40 cars. It features a mix of professional motor racing teams and privately funded drivers, and comprises 20 races at ten meetings in support of the British Touring Car Championship.

The build-up to the races at the Fife track did not go to plan for Perez after a hefty testing accident, which left him on the back foot heading into qualifying.

Even though his best lap in qualifying was only just over a second away from pole position, he had to start in 21st on the grid.

In short, sharp sprint races and with such a closely matched field, it was difficult to overtake, and to add to his frustration, a safety-car period and getting stuck behind a slower car cost him more time in the first race.