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The Amigos Team Parker Racing duo of Seb Perez and George Gamble returned to the racetrack after the summer break last weekend, with Perez picking up where he left off at Oulton Park in May by storming to a Porsche Carrera Cup GB ProAm double podium at Snetterton (28/29th July).

The Chesterfield ace enjoyed an “on-form” weekend, setting the fastest ProAm time on Friday’s Free Practice session and battling through two tricky races on Sunday to score second place in both, ensuring the ProAm title is firmly within reach with just six races remaining this season.

Amigos teammate Gamble, from Nottingham, would endure a difficult weekend in the sister Porsche 911 GT3. But two sixth places and a fastest overall lap time in the hotly contested Pro category ensured he also took maximum Rookie points, pulling out a 46 point advantage in the championship standings.

A six-week layoff for the championship would see a frantic Free Practice session in searing heat at the Norfolk track as drivers scrambled to blow away the cobwebs. Both Perez and Gamble were on form from the get-go, with Gamble third quickest and Perez taking second fastest ProAm.

Perez would pip Gamble in the second session of the day and take quickest ProAm in the process but neither Amigos driver could convert that to grid positions in qualifying on Saturday. Gamble would start the opening race on Sunday morning in fifth with Perez down in 11th and fifth ProAm.

Perez would pip Gamble in the second session of the day and take quickest ProAm in the process but neither Amigos driver could convert that to grid positions in qualifying on Saturday. Gamble would start the opening race on Sunday morning in fifth with Perez down in 11th and fifth ProAm.

Set up changes to Perez’s Porsche overnight would look to address the balance and a much cooler track, coupled with damp conditions and a late change onto wet tyres inspiring both drivers to push for the opener.

The three-mile-long circuit offered little chance for drivers to breathe and Gamble would elect to play the long game as the slippery conditions saw spins galore across the tightly weaved pack of 23 cars. Electing to stay out of trouble, Gamble crossed the line 14 laps later in sixth and his clean run bagged him the fastest lap honour in the process.

Perez, however, had the bit between his teeth and was aiming his sights high despite a lowly start position. By the opening lap, he had moved into third ProAm and one of the closest battles of the race ensued. After making his way to second, a lunge passed Jamie Orton saw Perez take the lead and a thrilling duel to the flag began, with Perez only losing out on the final lap to take second.

Race two would see much drier conditions and like the opener, battles across the pack were as close as ever. Gamble would repeat his race one form to take sixth which left Perez to look for another podium for the Amigos Team Parker Racing duo.

Perez and Orton picked up where they left off in race one and a nose to tail battle over the 14 tours resumed. But try as he might, it would finish how it started and Perez would take his second podium of the weekend, bagging essential points for both his ProAm and Rookie campaign.

“I’m really happy with the weekend,” said Perez on the final podium of the day.

“It’s been a really close run thing in the ProAm category throughout the day so in terms of points, we have ensured that we’ve come away with a healthy haul. I really enjoy the close racing like today and I think if we had a few more laps we could have taken Jamie (Orton) in race two so it shows the pace is where it needs to be. I’m certainly aiming for one step higher on the podium at Knockhill though”.

Gamble was happy with the valuable points but is hoping for more in Scotland.

“We just didn’t quite get the breaks this weekend and I don’t think the results really show the pace I had here (at Snetterton)” he said.

“Despite being a long circuit the traffic was quite bad at times and it held me back a bit but it was equally as important to stay out of trouble especially in the wet opening race. Knockhill will be a big contrast to this weekend and its essential to get a good qualifying spot so we will work hard on getting it right from the off”.

Amigos Team Parker Racing retains its second place in the Team Championship as the season heads North in just under a months time at the Knockhill Racing Circuit near Dunfermline for rounds 11 and 12.

Images credit: Carrera Cup GB/Dan Bathie

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