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Perez Red Kite15bSteve Perez and the ‘Amigos Tequila Flavoured Beer’ Lancia Stratos claimed third in class on the opening round of the Mintex MSA British Historic Rally Championship, the Red Kite Stages (Sunday 1 February).

The first major rally of the 2015 season proved to be a massive challenge for everyone as ice and snow made the opening stages in Crychan forest incredibly slippery. One of the stages had to be cancelled as marshals could not get into the forest and the rally proved very demanding for Chesterfield-based Perez and co-driver Paul Spooner.

However, they battled to the finish and clinched third in class for cars running to FIA Appendix K regulations, only headed by rally winner Jason Pritchard (Ford Escort Mk2) and former BHRC champion Julian Reynolds (Fiat 131).

“Unfortunately we spun and got stuck on the first corner of the first stage and lost maybe 45 seconds,” said Perez at the rally finish in Llandovery. “Our times then got better as the day progressed and the ice and snow cleared away, but we struggled to get the right tyres for the car in these conditions.

Perez Red Kite15a“It was a tough day to get through as the ice really doesn’t suit the car because it just wants to swap ends all the time! It is very difficult to drive on ice and snow. It was much better later in the rally and we were getting onto the pace.”

Once again, the Stratos ran reliably throughout the rally and Steve and the team will now look ahead to round two of the championship, the Mid Wales Stages on Sunday 1 March when, hopefully, the conditions will allow them to show the car’s real pace.

For more details about Steve Perez and the Amigos Tequila Flavoured Beer Lancia Stratos, please visit http://www.steveperez.co.uk or go to http://www.facebook.com/steve.perezrallying

For more information on the company and its products, including Amigos Tequila Flavoured Beer, please visit http://www.globalbrands.co.uk

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