Seb Perez showed excellent pace in the opening two rounds of the KICK Start Energy Ginetta Junior Championship at Brands Hatch over the Easter weekend.
The Chesterfield-based teenager was making his motor racing debut at this level after a fine campaign in junior rallying and leapt into the most competitive season to date for the Ginetta Junior Championship, which is contested by 14 to 17 year-old racers.
The quality of the grid was amply demonstrated in qualifying at the Kent track when less than a second covered the top 21 cars. Perez did exceptionally well to lap within half a second of pole position, which meant 15th place on the 25-car grid.
In the opening race on Saturday, he made up a couple of places in the early laps but then lost a lot of ground when another car spun in front of him and forced him to take to the grass.
The second race on Sunday went well and Seb raced to 13th place in amongst some fierce battling. Once again, he had to take rapid avoiding action when another car went off right in front of him. Seb did well to miss the other car, but had to drive through the gravel to avoid an accident.
“I had to use my rally skills to get out of the gravel,” said Seb. He then had to contend with a loose bonnet for the closing laps and under braking for Druids the bodywork was lifting up and obscuring his vision.
“That was pretty good for my first race weekend and everyone on the grid is extremely competitive. It was very tough but really good fun. It was a lot to take in with all the other cars out there, but we were pleased with how it all went.
“It will be interesting to see how we get on in the next races on home ground at Donington Park.”
The KICK Start Energy Ginetta Junior Championship continues at Donington Park over the weekend of April 18.