Steve drives Lancia to best finish

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Kick Energy rally driver Steve Perez was in action in his first British event of the year and promptly recorded his best finish in the Lancia Stratos when he took a superb fourth place on the Bulldog Historic Rally.

In the BTR-prepared 1974 specification Italian machine whereby he was contesting a round of the Dunlop/WONAGO MSA British Historic Rally Championship, the Clay Cross driver along with Welsh co driver Paul Spooner reported no problems at all with the car as they were welcomed back to the Welshpool finish in the spring sunshine.

With overnight rain making the classic Welsh stages very muddy and slippery, the triple UK champion took it easy early on before upping his pace as the conditions dried out as the day progressed and after seven stages, claimed fourth position in the Post Historic Category 2, just over two minutes off the class winner, multiple British Historic Champion, David Stokes.

Perez admitted he was considering putting the Bulldog Rally forward for inclusion in the self-appointed G-WRC (Gentleman’s World Rally Class) next season: “The sun has shone on us and it’s comparable to Rally Barbados so I think we should maybe include the Bulldog next year!” he quipped.