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Amigos Team Parker Racing driver Seb Perez rounded off a magnificent debut year in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB by securing the ProAm title at the season finale’ at Brands Hatch last weekend (29th/30th September).

The Chesterfield ace embarked on an emphatic drive, celebrating his 19th Birthday in style by taking third ProAm in the opener on Sunday morning. His twelfth podium of the season was enough to clinch the title with a race in hand.

Team-mate George Gamble would also enjoy a successful end to the year by securing sixth place in the in the Pro championship, having already wrapped up the Rookie category at Silverstone earlier this month. Thanks to the efforts of Perez and Gamble, Amigos Team Parker Racing sealed second place in the Entrants Championship

Graduates of the Ginetta GT4 Supercup, both Perez and Gamble have shown an undoubted raw pace in their debut season of the Carrera Cup. Gamble has enjoyed a raft of podiums and race victories to head the Rookie category for much of the latter half of the season.

Meanwhile, Perez overcame a difficult start to the year to take six category victories from the 16 rounds of the series but would need to ensure he retained that form if he was to take the title as the season drew to a close at the Kent circuit.

The weekend began with Saturday’s qualifying session and Perez would land second ProAm behind his nearest championship rival. However, technical checks revealed an anomaly with the lead Porsche 911 GT3, handing Perez the P1 slot for Sunday’s opening race.

A bright but chilly morning greeted the Carrera Cup drivers for the first race of the day and Perez knew that he would need to keep as cool as the ambient temperature if he was to firm up his title chances in race one. Seventeen laps lay ahead, and a measured approach would be required from Perez, who would drop two places on the opening tour to complete lap one in third ProAm.

Confidently, Perez knew that it would be all that was required and with rival Dan Vaughan out of the race in the first handful of laps, he would just need to bring the Amigos Porsche home in a rostrum position. Even a mid-race Safety Car didn’t faze the youngster, taking the chequered flag in third ProAm, sealing the title and the use of a Porsche road car for a year in the process.

“What an amazing feeling,” said an elated Perez.

“It’s been a really tough season and there were times when I thought it really wasn’t going to be our year, but I worked really hard in turning it around. The results, podiums and wins just kept coming and as long as I kept consistent, I knew I had a decent chance.”

Perez cites the team around him as the vital part in his championship efforts.

“I really do acknowledge how much of an achievement it is to do well in the Carrera Cup. It’s such a tough championship and can be very unpredictable, so to come here in my debut year and be first ProAm and second Rookie to George, well it doesn’t get much better than that. I’m so happy for the team and the guys at Team Parker racing who have been superb all year long and have been a really important part of my progress. A huge thanks must go to my sponsors Amigos who have been behind me all the way. What a year”.

Images credit: Carrera Cup GB/Dan Bathie

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