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Porsche Carrera Cup GB rookie Seb Perez rounded off last weekend’s Donington Park meeting (28th/29th April) in style by taking his Amigos Tequila Beer backed 911 GT3 to a podium spot in the ProAm category.

After contact on the first turn, an early race spin sent him tumbling down the pack but the Chesterfield ace stormed from the back to grab second ProAm contender. Perez’ result was a highlight for the Amigos Team Parker Racing Team after a tough weekend at the Midlands circuit.

Team mate George Gamble would endure a difficult three days behind the wheel of his 911 but his consistent run of form sees the Nottingham pilot head into the next round of the season at the top of the Rookie standings. His impressive drive from the back of the grid to seventh place in race one was a highlight.

The 16-round Porsche Carrera Cup kicked off at Brands Hatch at the beginning of the month with Gamble taking his maiden victory at the Kent circuit, setting himself up perfectly for the second meeting of the season. In contrast, Perez suffered with a non-fault shunt and was mindful that he would need to head to his home circuit at Donington with the aim of bagging some much needed championship points.

The weather and a loose front splitter would play a dramatic part in qualifying for the Amigos duo on Saturday morning. In a tricky session which saw a very damp circuit make the going difficult for all the drivers, Perez would fire his Amigos Porsche to second in the ProAm runners and seventh on the grid.

An on-form Gamble was looking likely to nett a front running grid slot, but a loose front splitter would cause him to fail the ride height check and demoted him to the back of the grid.

However, as was seen during the Ginetta GT4 series last year, Gamble is one to enjoy a challenge. There was no sign of the track drying come the start of race 1, but he set about picking off his rivals one by one in an impressive fashion. Living up to his Pro category status, Gamble even overhauled Perez to cross the line seventh from a start position of 23.

Perez struggled to gain ground in the conditions and make the difficult but sensible decision to play for points rather than category wins. In a race with many position changes, he was happy to see the chequered flag and take fourth ProAm home.

The team would have to wait until Sunday afternoon for second race of the weekend, but the trade-off was a much drier, but colder track and an extended session which meant 40 minutes of racing or 33 laps lay ahead.

Gamble would put the pressure on the leading pack and climbed to sixth before contact on lap two sent him tumbling down the pack. Despite re-joining, Gamble would have his result removed after a mix up with the safety car.

Perez would suffer a similar issue on lap seven and a spin into the infield could have meant his race was over. However the Amigos ace didn’t give up and began a feisty chargeback from the back of the pack over the next 26 laps.

Aided by the deployment of the safety car, he was rewarded for his efforts with a maiden Carrera Cup podium and heads to the next round in Monza just two points adrift from third place in the ProAm category.

“It’s been a really good weekend overall and to take my first ever Carrera Cup podium at my home circuit is really the icing on the cake” said an elated Perez.

“Race one was difficult yesterday (Saturday) so the focus was really on today and I had a really good pace from the off. The contact at the beginning was really unfortunate, not sure if Dan (Harper) had a well car to be honest and I went for a move which didn’t really work and went right to back of pack. When the safety car came out it helped us tremendously.

The weekend we had at Brands was a nightmare so get the result here is fantastic”.

Gamble would need to look a little deeper for the positives to come out of the weekend.

“The penalty in qualifying was really disappointing but there was nothing we could do with that, it’s just one of those things” he said.

“I had a fun challenge from last on the grid and climbed right back up to P7 and it was worth the effort as it kept me third in the championship after race one. It proved we had the pace to be towards the front too but I am gutted about today’s incident. The focus is certainly on Monza now and I’ll come back fighting that’s for sure.”

The next meeting, rounds five and six will take place at the legendary Monza Race Circuit in Italy on 12th and 13th May.

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