Seb Perez showed more top 10 pace and fighting spirit during rounds 11 and 12 of the KICK Start Energy Ginetta Junior Championship at Snetterton over the weekend (8/9 August).
The Chesterfield-based teenager was racing at the Norfolk track in a fiercely competitive field for the Ginetta Junior Championship, which is contested by 14 to 17 year-old racers.
Seb qualified an excellent 12th fastest, next to former championship leader Senna Proctor, and just a second away from pole position in a 2m20s lap.
“It was fairly good and my first lap was my quickest. I got P12 but it was pretty close,” he said. He then finished a very strong tenth in the first race, just a couple of seconds back from the seven-car pack battling for third place and well clear of the next group of cars.
“Before the safety car period I was 11th and it bunched us up so I lost a place from the green flag initially. I got that back okay and then moved into 10th at the end when Roberts expired. He had been slowing a while and could see I was closing. I’m happy with that anyway.”
Unfortunately, he was forced to retire from the second race after three laps. “I got sandwiched between two cars and it flicked the bonnet up. I tried to keep going and could only see the top brake lights of the car in front. I tried to shake the bonnett off but it wouldn’t go and just got worse, so I had to pull off. It was a real disappointment,” he said.
However, with pace and confidence building all the time, Seb is already looking ahead to the next races. “I’m really looking forward to Knockhill. I’ve never driven the circuit myself but co-drove for dad in his Ford Focus WRC rally car there earlier this year. I don’t think anyone really knows the track so it should be a bit of an equaliser.”
The KICK Start Energy Ginetta Junior Championship continues at the challenging Knockhill circuit in Scotland over the weekend of 22/23 August.