Triple British champion Steve Perez got back to his winning ways when he contested the Neath Valley Stages at the weekend as part of his preparations for the Kenya Airways East African Safari Classic Rally later this year.
Driving the Amigos Tequila-flavoured beer branded Datsun 260Z in which he has contested the Safari Rally on three previous occasions and will do so again this year, Perez, from Chesterfield, and co-driver Sasha Heriot battled against a couple of handling issues to emerge in 12th overall and third in class B12 but took the Series 6 class victory to add to previous successes this year.
The 2003 British Historic, 2004 National ANCRO and 2010 BTRDA champion also netted maximum points in the WWRS RAC Rally Championship class, declaring the event a success and he was happy with the result:
“This was mission accomplished this weekend with a great test in Walters Arena on Friday followed by a good, clean run in the rally without any major problems. Because the car is built to withstand the rigours of the Kenyan terrain, it’s very heavy and uncompromising so we couldn’t be as competitive as what we’d have liked but we still got some big air on a couple of the jumps! To put it into perspective, the whole rally this weekend was less than half the mileage of the first stage of the Safari Rally but it was good to give the Datsun a shakedown and it was a bonus that we achieved a good result against more modern cars. What it also means is my follow competitors in the Gentlemans World Rally Class (G-WRC) Andrew Siddall and Geoff Bell will have taken notice of this result and will need to up their game in their respective similar cars when we get out to Africa!”
The Kenya Airways East African Safari Classic Rally takes place between 21st and 29th November 2013 whereby Steve has seconded legendary co-driver John Millington into action, but before then, Steve will be in action on the forthcoming Ulster Historic Rally as well as the Roger Albert Clark Rally in November, both of which he will contest in the Amigos Tequila-flavoured beer branded Lancia Stratos.
Further information is available by following Steve Perez Rallying on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/steve.perezrallying and on Twitter @steveperezrallying. For further information on the company’s products, including Amigos beer, please visitwww.globalbrands.co.uk and the team’s official rally website iswww.steveperez.co.uk.
Picture attached: Steve Perez in action in the Amigos Datsun 260Z on the Neath Valley Stages (picture courtesy of Scott Turner)