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The Amigos Team Parker Racing duo of Seb Perez and George Gamble left the legendary Monza Race Circuit at the weekend with an impressive haul of trophies, as both Porsche Carrera Cup GB drivers picked up race wins at rounds five and six of the series in Italy (12th/13th May).

Perez would add to his maiden ProAm category win at Donington a fortnight ago as he “did the double” at Monza, winning both battles for class honours and becoming the only driver in the series to win two races in one weekend. His impressive show of pace also meant he was awarded the Carrera Cup “Driver of the Weekend” for his performance.

Not to be outdone, team mate Gamble was equally on-form throughout the trip to Italy, taking fourth spot in race one but finishing on a high by winning a thrilling race two on Sunday morning. Their results see the Amigos team with a one-two in the Rookie standings with Gamble heading up Perez.

After graduating from the Ginetta GT4 series at the end of last season, both Amigos Team drivers have enjoyed a successful start to their Carrera Cup campaign, with wins and podiums forming much of their opening four rounds’ stats. However both pilots have also had their share of misfortune so would head to the iconic Monza circuit with one eye on their long term championship aspirations.

In free practice, both Gamble and Perez showed an impressive pace despite neither having driven the circuit before the weekend. They would both learn fast however and by the time qualifying had come round on Saturday morning; Gamble fired his Carrera 911 GT3 into fourth on the grid with Perez second in the ProAm category.

A solid performance in qualifying was then aided by a slice of luck; an opening corner shunt in race one allowed Gamble to sneak into second place by the time the safety car gathered the field to recover the stricken machines which littered the first turn. Gamble worked hard to keep hold of his second spot but the pressure eventually told and on the penultimate lap of the race he was forced into an error which saw him slip to fourth by the time the flag dropped.

Perez would enjoy a much more trouble-free run and stormed into first ProAm during the opening half of the race and would stay there for the remainder, crossing the line fifth overall, right behind Gamble but more importantly taking the class win, his second of the season.

Race two on Sunday morning would see the Amigos duo line up second and third on the grid thanks to the reverse grid draw with Perez landing himself on the front row. A storming start by Gamble saw him vault into the lead by the first corner, a lead he would never relinquish, despite pressure from the chasing pack throughout the 14 laps, to bag his second win of the season.

“It feels amazing to win here at Monza” said an elated Gamble.

“I’ve watched so many F1 races around here as a kid and it was really emotional for me on the in-lap thinking oh my god I’ve won it. It’s just crazy. The pressure that Dino (Zamparelli) and Tio (Ellinas) were putting me under this weekend has been immense and it got to me yesterday and I ended up fourth. I was so determined not to let it happen again today. I manged to fend them off and it was mega, counting down the laps one by one. I really can’t believe I`ve won around Monza though, it’s amazing.”

Meanwhile, Perez worked equally hard to ensure he stayed up-front of the ProAm contenders and would even spend several laps fighting for position with the Pro drivers. But he kept his cool and crossed the line fifth, taking the category victory in the process.

“I`m really over the moon with that one, it’s been a fantastic weekend from start to finish and that’s the perfect way to round it off” said Perez.

“I’m pleased with the way I drove in that race, keeping a gap to Tio (Ellinas – Pro driver) was nice. The race was action packed from lights to flag and I pushed quite hard in there and I held my own for quite a few laps but the aim was the class win and that’s what I got. It’s been great to come to a circuit like Monza and win. It’s really special for me”.

Gamble leaves the Monza circuit in fifth place in the Pro Category and leading Rookie, with Perez in second place ProAm and second Rookie. Amigos Team Parker Racing is second in the Team Championship standings and also won the best team award in Italy.

The next double-header takes place on 9th/10th June, back in the UK at Oulton Park in Cheshire.

– All images credit to Porsche Carrera Cup GB –

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