Hot on the heels of his father’s battling third place on the Nicky Grist Stages Rally yesterday, today it was the turn of 14-year old Seb Perez to claim the Kick Energy Rally Team’s second podium of the weekend when he claimed a third place in the Kick Energy Junior 1000 Rally Championship on the Brawdy Stages Rally in South Wales.
The Chesterfield youngster had seconded experienced Welsh co-driver Paul Spooner into action and despite a steady start due to it being the first time he’d seen the stages whilst continuing to build experience in the 1400cc Kick Energy Nissan Micra, he sensibly played himself in.
Soon, Seb was on the pace and challenging the leading crews, setting second fastest times on stages towards the end. However, there was drama on the final stage when he got a marker tyre caught underneath the car meaning he lost time stopping and reversing but he and Paul eventually reached the finish in a fine third in class and are up to fourth in the championship standings as a result.
Meanwhile, triple British and Historic rally champion Steve Perez was in action again on round six of the REIS BTRDA Rally Series in the classic mid-Welsh stages and after winning two rounds so far this year, had to settle for third on this occasion.
Driving the ex Marcus Gronholm Kick Energy Ford Focus WRC07 with Paul Spooner alongside, Perez led after the opening stage but an unmarked hazard on a bridge on SS2 saw him damage the chassis which hampered his progress for the remainder of the rally.
Despite the handicap, the Chesterfield driver set fastest times on two of the remaining six stages to remain in contention but at the Royal Welsh Showground finish near Llandrindod Wells, he had to settle for third place which still keeps him in contention in the title race.
Seb Perez: “I’m pleased with the result and glad to get some more competitive experience under my belt. The stages were good and I really enjoyed them. The car ran well and apart from losing time on the last stage we had a great run. Thanks to the marshals and organisers for a great event and thanks to my team and especially Paul Spooner for his help and advice in the car.”
Steve Perez: “Like father, like son this weekend and to get a pair of third place finishes isn’t too bad. As far as my rally went, we were hoping for a good run but after damaging the car on the bad bump on SS2, we really struggled to match the pace of the leaders thereafter. Still, it’s some important points in the series and let’s hope for some better luck on the Woodpecker.”
Brawdy Stages Junior Rally Resul
1 Thomas Cooper/Paul Wakley Citroen C1
2 Charlie Barlow/Melanie Holmes Nissan Micra
3 Seb Perez/Paul Spooner Nissan Micra
Nicky Grist Stages Rally Results
1 Paul Bird/Aled Davies Ford Focus 07 WRC 45:23
2 David Weston Jr/Kirsty Riddick Subaru Impreza WRC 45:26
3 Steve Perez/Paul Spooner Ford Focus WRC 45:42
4 Stephen Petch/Ian Windress Ford Fiesta R5+ 46:07
5 Desi Henry/Damien Duffin Mitsubishi EVO 9 46:38
6 Jamie Anderson/Chris Brooks Mitsubishi EVO 9 46:54
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Pictures attached: (courtesy of Stuart Woodier –www.rallyaction.co.uk) Steve Perez and Paul Spooner in action on their way to third place on the Nicky Grist Stages Rally and a happy Steve Perez with son Seb after his third place on the Brawdy Stages Junior Rally.