Seb Perez battled hard at one of Britain’s most challenging race tracks during rounds seven and eight of the KICK Start Energy Ginetta Junior Championship at Oulton Park over the weekend (6/7 June).
The Chesterfield-based teenager was racing at the Cheshire track for the first time in a fiercely competitive field for the Ginetta Junior Championship, which is contested by 14 to 17 year-old racers. His race programme is supported by Morris Lubricants. In front of a huge crowd and live TV cameras,
Seb had to twice battle back from delays and showed real fighting spirit even though a deserved top 10 finish was denied him. Seb’s weekend started with a rush to the circuit for pre-race testing on Friday afternoon after taking an exam at school. He was disappointed to only qualify 20th fastest.
“In qualifying we weren’t where we should have been,” he said. “We also had issues with the brake pads knocking off because the kerbs are really fierce.” That meant starting back in 20th place for the first race. “It was a case of trying to make up some places to be further up the grid for race two. Then we had a spin trying to overtake when I braked a little bit too late at the hairpin. I lost what I’d gained in the first half and had to get it back again.”
He finally finished 15th, having made up five places from his grid position. “On the first lap of the second race I went for quite a bold move around the outside at the hairpin. Everyone backs up on the inside and I made about five places. Then someone pushed someone else into me and I was out on the grass.”
Once again Seb was faced with another fight-back and he only had a handful of laps to make up ground as the last three races ran under a safety car following an accident. “In the few laps we had left I managed to get back up to 15th again,” he said. “It was a tough weekend but that experience will serve us well for next year.”
The KICK Start Energy Ginetta Junior Championship continues at Croft (North Yorkshire) over the weekend of 27/28 June.