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Double Podium For Team Perez

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Steve Perez - Nick Grist Stages Rally - 12th July 2014

Steve Perez – Nick Grist Stages Rally – 12th July 2014

Hot on the heels of his father’s battling third place on the Nicky Grist Stages Rally yesterday, today it was the turn of 14-year old Seb Perez to claim the Kick Energy Rally Team’s second podium of the weekend when he claimed a third place in the Kick Energy Junior 1000 Rally Championship on the Brawdy Stages Rally in South Wales.

The Chesterfield youngster had seconded experienced Welsh co-driver Paul Spooner into action and despite a steady start due to it being the first time he’d seen the stages whilst continuing to build experience in the 1400cc Kick Energy Nissan Micra, he sensibly played himself in.

Soon, Seb was on the pace and challenging the leading crews, setting second fastest times on stages towards the end. However, there was drama on the final stage when he got a marker tyre caught underneath the car meaning he lost time stopping and reversing but he and Paul eventually reached the finish in a fine third in class and are up to fourth in the championship standings as a result.

Meanwhile, triple British and Historic rally champion Steve Perez was in action again on round six of the REIS BTRDA Rally Series in the classic mid-Welsh stages and after winning two rounds so far this year, had to settle for third on this occasion.

Steve & Seb Perez - Kick Energy Rally Team - 13th July 2014

Steve & Seb Perez – Kick Energy Rally Team – 13th July 2014

Driving the ex Marcus Gronholm Kick Energy Ford Focus WRC07 with Paul Spooner alongside, Perez led after the opening stage but an unmarked hazard on a bridge on SS2 saw him damage the chassis which hampered his progress for the remainder of the rally.

Despite the handicap, the Chesterfield driver set fastest times on two of the remaining six stages to remain in contention but at the Royal Welsh Showground finish near Llandrindod Wells, he had to settle for third place which still keeps him in contention in the title race.

 

Seb Perez: “I’m pleased with the result and glad to get some more competitive experience under my belt. The stages were good and I really enjoyed them. The car ran well and apart from losing time on the last stage we had a great run. Thanks to the marshals and organisers for a great event and thanks to my team and especially Paul Spooner for his help and advice in the car.”

 

Steve Perez: “Like father, like son this weekend and to get a pair of third place finishes isn’t too bad. As far as my rally went, we were hoping for a good run but after damaging the car on the bad bump on SS2, we really struggled to match the pace of the leaders thereafter. Still, it’s some important points in the series and let’s hope for some better luck on the Woodpecker.”

 

Brawdy Stages Junior Rally Result

1 Thomas Cooper/Paul Wakley Citroen C1
2 Charlie Barlow/Melanie Holmes Nissan Micra
3 Seb Perez/Paul Spooner  Nissan Micra

Nicky Grist Stages Rally Results

1 Paul Bird/Aled Davies    Ford Focus 07 WRC    45:23
2 David Weston Jr/Kirsty Riddick   Subaru Impreza WRC   45:26
3 Steve Perez/Paul Spooner    Ford Focus WRC    45:42
4 Stephen Petch/Ian Windress   Ford Fiesta R5+     46:07
5 Desi Henry/Damien Duffin    Mitsubishi EVO 9     46:38
6 Jamie Anderson/Chris Brooks   Mitsubishi EVO 9     46:54

For more information please visit www.btrdarally.com.

Further information is available by following Steve Perez Rallying on Facebook at www.facebook.com/steve.perezrallying and on Twitter @steveperezrallying. For further information on the company’s products, including Amigos beer, please visit www.globalbrands.co.uk and the team’s official rally website is www.steveperez.co.uk.

Pictures attached: (courtesy of Stuart Woodier – www.rallyaction.co.uk) Steve Perez and Paul Spooner in action on their way to third place on the Nicky Grist Stages Rally and a happy Steve Perez with son Seb after his third place on the Brawdy Stages Junior Rally.

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Bird Wins Welsh Thriller

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Paul Bird / Aled Davies - Nicky Grist Stages Rally - 12th July 2014

Paul Bird / Aled Davies – Nicky Grist Stages Rally – 12th July 2014

Cumbrian rally driver Paul Bird returned to his fantastic start of season form by winning today’s Nicky Grist Stages Rally and in doing so, thrust himself back into contention in the 2014 REIS BTRDA Rally Series

After a second place on the opening Wyedean Rally followed by a win on his local Malcolm Wilson Rally for a record-equalling fourth time, the British Superbike and MotoGP team boss from Langwathby near Penrith was hoping to bounce back after a run of bad luck had put paid to his chances on recent events.

Paul Bird / Aled Davies - Nick Grist Stages Rally - 12th July 2014

Paul Bird / Aled Davies – Nick Grist Stages Rally – 12th July 2014

With the best quality entry of the season so far, Bird and Welsh co driver Aled Davies started well with third fastest time on SS1 in their Rubis Petroleum, Cockspur Rum, Fuchs Titan Race and Mac Tools-backed, Dom Buckley Motorsport-prepared Ford Focus WRC07.

With very little experience in the classic mid-Welsh forestry stages, Bird upped the pace over the next three stages to head for the mid-point service in second place, just seven seconds down on leader David Weston Jr.

However, on the way back to the service area, the car suddenly stopped leaving Bird and Davies to attempt to solve the problem. They quickly rectified the problem with the ECU which allowed them to return to service before proper repairs could be sorted by the team.

Into the second loop of stages and Bird immediately reduced Weston’s lead to a single second before hitting the front on SS6 to lead by two seconds. Weston pulled a second back on the penultimate stage meaning Bird’s lead was just one second going into the final stage in the legendary Crychan forest.

With all eyes focussed on the stop clocks, Bird eventually arrived at the finish adding a further two seconds to his lead to cross the Llandrindod Wells finish ramp three seconds to the good over his Scottish rival with Bird’s long time friend and adversary Steve Perez in third.

Having not contested the previous two BTRDA rounds due to other commitments, the result means the former ANCRO National Rally champion is up to seventh in the standings but with other drivers yet to drop certain scores, it’s still wide open going into next month’s Woodpecker Stages.

Paul Bird: “After the run of bad luck in the Isle of Man and then in Barbados, this makes up for it a little but I had to drive the wheels off the car. I didn’t have the knowledge of these forests like most of the other drivers but I was delighted with the way I drove and didn’t make a mistake all day long. We thought our bad luck had returned when the car stopped on the road section but we just fiddled with a few wires, switched things off and back on again and it worked. My kids Frank and Jordan spurred me on today and Lexi’s lucky crocodile has found its mojo again! It’sa pity I’m jetting off to the MotoGP in Germany tonight otherwise that champagne that Steve Perez would be buying would taste very sweet indeed!”

Results

1 Paul Bird/Aled Davies  Ford Focus 07 WRC  45:23
2 David Weston Jr/Kirsty Riddick  Subaru Impreza WRC  45:26
3 Steve Perez/Paul Spooner   Ford Focus WRC  45:42
4 Stephen Petch/Ian Windress  Ford Fiesta R5+   46:07
5 Desi Henry/Damien Duffin   Mitsubishi EVO 9   46:38
6 Jamie Anderson/Chris Brooks  Mitsubishi EVO 9   46:54
7 Tristan Bailey/James How   Mitsubishi WRC   47:29
8 Wayne Sisson/Neil Shanks   Mitsubishi EVO 9  47:35
9 Roland Llewellin/Jamie Edwards  Mitsubishi EVO 9   47:43
10 Karl Simmons/Guy Simmons  Subaru Impreza WRC  47:56

Championship Positions (provisional)

1 M Robinson 143
2 S Petch  137
3 R Thompson  123
4 R Llewellin  120
5 S Perez  110
6 P Naylor  101
7 P Bird  89
8 L Francis  84
D Weston  84
10 T Naughton 82

For more information please visit www.somersetstagesrally.com. www.btrdarally.com and www.pbmuk.net.

Picture attached courtesy of Stuart Woodier – www.rallyaction.co.uk: Paul Bird and Aled Davies on their way to victory on the Nicky Grist Stages Rally

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