Perez celebrates class victory

Steve Perez in action.
Steve Perez in action.
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Following on from his class victory earlier in the month on Wales Rally GB, Steve Perez was once again in action in the Lancia Stratos and again saw him take a class win on this weekend’s Trackrod Rally Yorkshire.

Along with Welsh co-driver Paul Spooner, the pair were in action in the Amigos Tequila-flavoured beer liveried car and had a good run through the opening stage in the darkness in Dalby Forest on Friday night to lead their class.

However, a broken shock absorber in Saturday’s opening two stages in Gale Rigg threatened to halt their charge but sterling work by the BTR team in service rectified the problem allowing the triple British champion to continue his progress in the final two stages.

At the Scarborough finish Chesterfield-based Perez took the class victory by over half a minute and is now looking forward to his next outing in the car which will be at the Cambrian Rally in three weeks’ time.

Steve Perez said: “Apart from the broken shock absorber we have had a faultless run and the Lancia ran like all Lancias do, without any problems.

“It was great to beat former FIA European Historic champion Ernie Graham but in fairness the class wasn’t oversubscribed!

“What was pleasing was we were setting competitive times compared to some of the top historic competitors and it’s great to see the work we have done on the car now reaping dividends.

“I’m flying back from Japan the night before the Cambrian in order to compete on the event and hope we can make it a hat trick of class wins there.”