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Perez Trackrod14Chesterfield driver Steve Perez and Welsh co-driver Paul Spooner added their names to an illustrious roll of honour when they took victory on today’s Trackrod Forest Stages Rally meaning the battle for the 2014 REIS BTRDA Rally Series title will go down to the wire.

Driving the ex-Marcus Gronholm Kick Energy Ford Focus WRC07, Perez led the Pickering-based event from start to finish in the glorious sunny conditions which had swathed the classic Yorkshire stages and in doing so, took his third victory in the series to add to his successes in Somerset and the Dukeries.

The triple British and Historic Rally Champion put his marker down to stop the clocks some eight seconds faster than his rivals on the opening test in Langdale, despite a stall, and he increased that advantage to nearly 13 seconds following Gale Rigg.

From there, it was a case of managing the lead and although he dropped time on the three remaining tests in Cropton, Staindale and Dalby, he brought the Dansport-prepared car home 3.4 seconds to the good over title rival Paul Bird meaning a ‘winner-takes-all’ finale on next month’s Cambrian Rally.

“Today was a case of building a lead early on and managing it which is exactly how it worked out. We dropped some time with a couple of minor stalls but we got the win which is what we came for and our third victory in the series sets us up nicely for the Cambrian. The stages were fantastic and thanks to the marshals and organisers for a wonderful rally, we’ve really enjoyed it. Also, I’d like to dedicate this win to my mentor Bjorn Waldegard who died recently, in my view he was the greatest of all time.”

Results

1 Steve Perez/Paul Spooner – Ford Focus – 0:41.08.0
2 Paul Bird/Aled Davies – Ford Focus 07 WRC +3.4
3 David Weston/Kirsty Riddick – Subaru Impreza WRC +25.4
4 Stephen Petch/Ian Windress – Ford Fiesta R5 +36.8
5 Charles Payne/Andrew Roughead – Ford Fiesta +1:14.2
6 Russ Thompson/Andy Murphy – Mitsubishi Evo N4 +1:58.4

Further information is available by following Steve Perez Rallying on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/steve.perezrallying and on Twitter @steveperezrallying. For further information on the company’s products, including Amigos beer, please visit http://www.globalbrands.co.uk and the team’s official rally website is http://www.steveperez.co.uk.

Picture (courtesy of Marcus Andrews) Steve Perez and Paul Spooner in action on the Trackrod Rally.

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