PEREZ OVERCOMES PROBLEMS TO HOLD 14th ON RALLY GB
Kick Energy rally driver Steve Perez continued where he left off yesterday by continuing to climb the leaderboard and as of this evening, with a day to go, holds 14th place overall after day two of the final round of the FIA World Rally Championship on Rally GB.
In the ex Marcus Gronholm Ford Focus WRC 07 and along with Welsh co-driver Paul Spooner, the Chesterfield driver maintained his 16th place despite a problem on the opening Rhondda stage whereby the window wipers totally failed and he had to do half the stage with seriously impaired vision to end up only 26th quickest but he bounced back superbly to set 14th fastest time on the tricky Crychan stage, having at least got the driver's side wiper to work!
Better was to follow on Halfway 1 when he stopped the clocks as 13th fastest car and in doing so, elevated himself two places up the leaderboard to 14th. Despite another bad run through Rhondda 2, this time due to a misting screen that wouldn't clear, the former British Historic and ANCRO National Rally Champion consolidated his 14th position with another pair of top twelve times through Crychan 2 and Halfway 2 to return to the overnight halt just a minute down on 12th place, which is where he is aiming to finish after the final four stages in the south Welsh forests tomorrow.
"It was a day of niggling little problems but nothing major and we are starting to find our rhythm now as we are so unfamiliar in making our own pacenotes. Rhondda wasn't very kind to us with no wipers at all on the first run and then the screen misting up the second time but we got a good run on the rest so I'm delighted to continue to progress up the leaderboard. There are a couple of Group N cars in front of us and we're going quicker than them now so a top twelve is still on the cards if we can have a decent run through the final four stages tomorrow," said Steve.