Kick Energy rally driver Steve Perez showed no ill effects of not driving his Ford Focus WRC for eight months when he recorded a superb runner-up position in the Rainworth Skoda Dukeries Rally.
Along with Welsh co driver Paul Spooner the pair last contested an event in the car when they won last October’s Cambrian Rally and soon the defending BTRDA Gold Star Champions were back up to speed after a number of recent events in historic machinery.
However, a combination of minor time consuming issues coupled with a number of leading crews beating the bogey time on a few of the stages meant that the three times British champion was denied a fourth victory on his local event, having had to give best to BTRDA champion-elect Andy Burton.
Indeed Perez was instrumental in Burton’s victory whereby his service crew helped out Burton’s to ensure that he remained on course to win the title which he battled so hard with against Perez last year.
Perez said: “It was good to get back out in the Ford Focus after driving a 40-year-old car in Barbados but it took us a little bit of time to get back up to speed.’’
Perez’s next event sees him reunited with his Lancia Stratos when he tackles the Ypres Rally in Belgium in two weeks time.