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Reigning Porsche Carrera Cup GB ProAm champion Seb Perez will mount a double competitive campaign this season, driving a 1977 Amigos Porsche 911 rally car in European historic stage rallies whilst making a return to the Cup behind the wheel of a 911 GT3.

Thanks to his impressive on-track success last season, the 19-year-old will make the leap into the Pro category of the ultra-competitive Carrera Cup GB and will be joined once again by George Gamble who will drive the sister Amigos Racing machine..

Perez will also compliment his Carrera Cup outings with selected stage rallies in Europe, piloting a 2700cc historic specification Porsche 911.

The Chesterfield driver kick-started his rallying season last weekend (23 February) at Rally Sol de Ponet in Mallorca with co-driver Gary McElhinney alongside, scooping a fastest stage time in the classic machine on his way to taking a giant-killing fourth overall.

“I actually came here last year in a Ford Escort Mk2 and finished 11 th overall so the aim was always to beat that, and in this machine (the Porsche 911) it was a challenge I was well up for” he said after the event.

“It was a great rally and I`m looking forward to getting out to Europe and doing as many as I can when my Carrera Cup calendar allows”.

Perez has enjoyed a consistent rise to the top in his racing career after switching from stage rallying in 2014 to the Ginetta Junior Winter Series, followed by a full assault on the Ginetta Junior Championship for the next two years which ran alongside the TOCA package. Following the natural ladder of progression, he embarked on a campaign in the Ginetta GT4 Supercup before a move into the Porsche Carrera Cup GB last season.

In arguably his best season yet, Perez overcame a difficult start to the year to take six ProAm victories from the 16 rounds of the series with many double-header victories along the way.

He now feels he is ready for the step into the Pro category with a new team, Redline Racing.

“I really enjoyed last season in the Carrera Cup, and it was certainly the best of my racing career,” says Perez.

“It was a shaky start and I think I ended race one at Brands in the gravel but like everything you learn by your mistakes and keep fighting. I suffered a little with the qualifying pace last season so want to see if I can sort that out this year but having the knowledge and data of a year under my belt will certainly help. It certainly won’t be easy though, it’s mega close racing out there so I`ll need to be on top form to get near the podiums”.

Perez is realistic about his chances this season, despite having a year of the potent GT3 under his belt.

“Some of the guys in the series have been doing it for years and still trying to find that elusive tenth of a second here and there,” he remarks.

“There will be some big challenges this season so I think if I can get a podium or two I`ll be very happy. It’s looking like another ultra-competitive line up in the championship so that’s not going to be easy but that’s to be expected. It’s great to have the support of Amigos once again this year and having George as a teammate will help. It should be a good season”.

He is also looking forward to the contrast between his modern specification 911 GT3 race car and his 40-year-old rally version.

“I just grin every time I step into a Porsche, no matter what model, what age or what version they always give you a reason to smile” he says.

“Of course, there are so many differences between the GT3 and the rally car and it will be a big challenge to keep adapting from one to the other. The rally car is so very raw, and you really must grab hold of it and push it to the point where it’s almost about to let go, but keep it under control, that’s the challenge there. Whereas the GT3 is much smoother and more refined but getting that extra tenth of a second here and there can be quite difficult.

Whilst I made the switch to the circuits a few years ago, I’ve been fortunate enough to compete in several stage events as well but taking the Porsche out last weekend for the first time was a fantastic experience.

It’s a great opportunity to compete in two iconic machines this season and I can’t wait to kick start the Carrera Cup in April. If I can get fourth place like in Mallorca in the 911, I`ll be happy with that!”.

The Amigos backed Carrera Cup team will be officially unveiled at the annual media day and the first test of the year at Silverstone on 18 March, whilst Perez will also contest Rally Classico Almira Capital – Puerto Portals in just over a week’s time, back in Mallorca.

Image credits: Carrera Cup GB/Dan Bathie

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