Brands Hatch start for teen Perez in Porsche

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Eighteen-year-old Chesterfield motor racing ace Seb Perez is gearing up for his first race of the season this weekend in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB Championship at Brands Hatch.

It will be the first outing in the competition for Perez with Team Parker Racing and his 21-year-old teammate, Soithwell’s George Gamble, in the £130,000 Amigos-livered and sponsored second generation Porsche Type 991 911 GT3 cars.

Over the past few weeks Perez has been testing the Porsche at Silverstone and Donington Park and said he was pleased with his progress as a rookie to the car.

He said: “The Porsche is a unique car to drive with near enough all the weight over the rear, whereas on paper the Ginetta (his car last year) is a lot more of a balanced car.

“The speed difference is something that just comes with time and getting the power in at the right time, but the handling aspects of the car are something more unique.

“You almost drive the car as if you are in the wet — stop it, turn it, go — as it won’t carry the corner speed like the Ginetta.

“So to extract the time out of the car over a lap is going to be interesting.

“I am in the Pro-Am class of the series, as I can have a true season of learning but still get some trophies on the way.”