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Amigos Team Parker Racing driver Seb Perez enjoyed “one of the best” drives of his career to win the ProAm category of both Porsche Carrera Cup races at Knockhill Race Circuit last weekend (25/26th August), taking the series lead in the process.

The Chesterfield driver overcame a race one impact and inclement weather throughout the weekend, to secure his second “double win” of the season, replicating his Monza victories earlier in the year. His sensational form sees him pull two points clear of his nearest rival with five wins to his name as the season heads towards the final two races of the series.

Perez would start the Scottish round on the back foot having only managed third quickest of the ProAm contenders in a dry qualifying session on Saturday afternoon, lining up on the grid in ninth spot. Both Carrera Cup GB races would take place on Sunday and as the weather drew in overnight, the following day double-header would serve up an altogether different track for the 911 GT3 drivers.

Persistently heavy rain and foggy conditions greeted the teams on Sunday morning and a different approach would be required for the 11th round of the season. Wet tyres and setups were the order of the day and Perez knew he would need to battle through heavy spray to make any improvement on his start position.

Whilst his getaway from the line was good, contact early in the race saw Perez slip back to fourth ProAm. The narrow and undulating Scottish circuit offers very few opportunities to overtake and the appearance of the safety car on lap 15 was a welcome sight, bunching the field. Perez saw this as his opportunity and he truly delivered, fighting his way through the pack with precision.

With five minutes to go, Perez made his way into third despite off-centre steering caused by the earlier impact. It wasn’t long before he grabbed second and with just two minutes of the race remaining, the Amigos pilot lunged down the inside across the start- finish straight to take the ProAm lead, a place he held onto until the flag.

Just four hours later race two would get underway and whilst this time Perez enjoyed starting as the lead ProAm driver, the weather would offer no change from the opener earlier that day. Thankfully for Perez, the race itself would be a distinctly trouble-free affair.

Despite starting under the Safety Car due to the now worsening weather, Perez returned a drive way beyond his years to take the chequered flag 32 laps later, bagging another win for the youngster.

“To win both of these races here at Knockhill by such a considerable margin in weather like this is just fantastic” said an elated Perez.

“It’s been useful to come here with a bit of prior knowledge of the track thanks to my Ginetta days but essentially I’m really pleased with the way I drove today and I’d say it was one of the best weekends of my racing career so far. The car felt great and the set-up was just right thanks to the team who worked hard this weekend. Setting fastest lap time in both races is a testament to that. It’s a real confidence boost to take the lead of the ProAm category too, it’s taken long enough really but to finally be in that position with four races left is a great sign for my championship hopes.”

There was also success for team-mate George Gamble in the second race at Knockhill, taking a lights-to-flag race victory in the sister car, further extending his lead in the Rookie category.

Perez leads the ProAm category, is second in the Rookie standings and Amigos Team Parker Racing are second the Entrant Championship going into the penultimate meeting at Silverstone in September.

Images credit: Carrera Cup GB/Dan Bathie

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