Perez Battles to Sixth in Wales VK Vodka Kick rally driver Steve Perez overcame a number of problems to record a battling sixth place finish on round two of the Pirelli Kwik Fit British Rally Championship, The International Rally of Wales ...
Perez Battles to Sixth in Wales
VK Vodka Kick rally driver Steve Perez overcame a number of problems to record a battling sixth place finish on round two of the Pirelli Kwik Fit British Rally Championship, The International Rally of Wales this weekend.
Driving the VK Vodka Kick backed Ford Focus World Rally Car, the Chesterfield businessman suffered from brake problems which hampered his progress, as indeed did the prevalent dust which troubled many competitors during the event, but managed to hang onto sixth at the overnight halt.
But any hopes that the reigning British Historic Rally Champion and his co driver Daniel Barritt had of climbing the leaderboard disappeared when he tore a shoulder muscle on day two meaning he couldn't use the handbrake and as a result, it was all he could manage to maintain his placing after nearly two hours of competition
"The car was better than the driver this weekend! We lost time with a puncture on SS4 and the dust was a nightmare but I'm glad to have racked up another solid finish and some more championship points" said Perez who remains in third place in the championship standings going into next month's RSAC Scottish Rally.
In the meantime, Steve jets out to the Caribbean to take part in the forthcoming Barbados Rally Carnival whereby he will be at the wheel of his ex Hannu Mikkola Audi Sport Quattro along with co driver Neil Dashfield:
"I hope it's a sunny over there as it has been in Wales this weekend!" quipped Perez.
<pre> Provisional Results: 1 J Milner/N Beech Subaru WRC 1h 45m 18.5s 2 A.McHale/B Murphy Ford Focus WRC 1h 46m 22.7s 3 D Higgins/C Thorley Hyundai Accent WRC 1h 46m 45.0s 4 P Bird/A Bargery Ford Focus WRC 1h 47m 45.2s 5 M Wilson/S Martin Ford Focus WRC 1h 48m 37.6s 6 S Perez/D Barritt Ford Focus WRC 1h 49m 37.2s
Provisional Drivers Championship (after two rounds) 1 D Higgins 36 2 P Bird 33 3 S Perez 29 4 M Wilson 28 5 B Johnson 27 6 J Milner 20