KICK ENERGY RALLY TEAM
PEREZ WELL PLACED AFTER OPENING DAY ON RALLY GB
Kick Energy rally driver Steve Perez put in a flawless performance to end up in a fine 16th place overall after the opening leg of the final round of the FIA World Rally Championship on Rally GB today.
Driving the ex Marcus Gronholm Ford Focus WRC 07 and along with Welsh co-driver Paul Spooner, the Chesterfield driver stopped the clocks in 18th place on the day's opening test in Hafren 1 but he fared even better on SS2 in Sweet Lamb when he posted 11th quickest time.
Perez maintained his position in Myherin 1 but it was on the second loop of mid-Welsh stages that he started to up the ante against the world's best rally drivers. 15th quickest time in the second run through Hafren saw him climb to 16th on the leaderboard but it was on the next test, Sweet Lamb 2, that he set an amazing 9th fastest time, sandwiching the works Fords of Matthew Wilson and Jari Matti Latvala for good measure.
The one and only blip on an otherwise perfect day's work was a puncture which cost them time on Myherin 2 but it didn't stop Perez and Spooner relinquishing a place so they head into tonight's halt holding that 16th position.
"It was difficult adapting to the pressures of world championship rallying again, the pace here is so much hotter than we are used to on the national rounds. It took some time to get dialled in but once we did, we started to set some consistently fast times and I'm especially thrilled to get inside the top ten on one stage and just miss out on another one. We are second British crew behind Matthew Wilson so we need to push on tomorrow as the aim is to get inside the top twelve. The stages are fantastic and there are lots of spectators cheering us on so I'm delighted with the way it's going so far," said Steve.
Tomorrow sees the crew tackle the daunting stages in the Rhondda valley as well as the fearsome tracks of the Epynt ranges of Crychan and Halfway.