Seb Perez had a frustrating weekend during rounds 17 and 18 of the KICK Start Energy Ginetta Junior Championship at Silverstone (26/27 September) as his pace went largely unrewarded.
The Chesterfield-based teenager was racing 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.
The weekend started well in free practice when Seb lapped just seven-tenths of a second slower than the fastest car. However, qualifying did not go so well and he slipped back a little. “I didn’t get a good lap in when the car was cool,” said Seb as the ambient temperatures climbed.
Things did not improve greatly for the opening race when a problem with the car’s differential developed and Seb battled home at the tail of the field. With the diff changed, he went into Sunday’s race determined to make ground and drove a storming first lap to overtake nine cars!
However, a safety car period then followed and soon after the restart another competitor tipped Seb’s car into a spin at Brooklands and all his hard work was lost. He got going again, but had dropped a lot of time, and could only finish in 21st place.
“It went well in free practice, but the times are so close,” said Seb. “In the second race I made a lot of places early on and had to go wide to avoid some incidents, but then got tagged and spun at Brooklands.”
Despite the disappointing weekend, Seb is now looking forward to the final two races of the championship season at Brands Hatch and hopes to go well on the challenging Grand Prix track at the famous Kent venue.
The 2015 KICK Start Energy Ginetta Junior Championship concludes at Brands Hatch over the weekend of 10/11 October.