Chesterfield’s race ace Seb Perez is back on track at Circuit Paul Ricard in France this weekend (14-15 Nov).
The 21 year old racer will compete with Swiss based R-Motorsport Team in the highly competitive GT4 European Series alongside his team mate George Gamble from Nottinghamshire.
The team pairing of Perez and Gamble as team mates is not new. The previous years have seen them in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB and before that in Ginetta’s.
He has successfully raced Porsches in the last two seasons. Back in 2018, Perez won the Pro-Am title in the Porsche Carrera Cup Great Britain. Last year the driver he claimed two victories in the Pro class of the one-make series.
Perez was also out in Italy just over three weeks ago where he came second spot in Modena Cento Ore, an historic rally that comprised of road sections and 3 race track tests.
He looks forward to his outing at the 5.8 km Le Castellet circuit near Marseille after his plans to race for the team fell by the wayside after the team pulled out of the championship earkier this year.
The Swiss motorsport outfit of R-Motorsport were to make its GT4 European Series debut this season as they confirmed the expansion of its GT racing programme with Perez and Gamble but paused its activities as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
This weekend’s spotlight will be on both Perez and Gamble bringing their talents and experience to the team behind the wheel of the #762 car.
Both drivers will race in one of R-Motorsport’s Aston Martin Vantage AMR GT4s, taking their first steps in international GT racing. It is more closely based on a standard production car than the GT3 version and is regarded as its ‘little brother’.
A second car will be driven by 2018 GT4 European Series Pro-Am champion Markus Lungstrass and Denmark’s Henrik Lyngbye Pedersen in the #18 Aston Martin Vantage AMR GT4.
Entering into the event is a one-off in preparation to R-Motorsport Teams 2021 GT4 campaign. Knowing that SRO Motorsports Group will run their events according to a strict Covid-19 safety protocol and plans can be put into place already.
Perez commented “ I’m really looking forward to the challenge driving the GT4 Aston Martin Vantage with this vastly experienced R Motorsport team with my regular teammate George Gamble”. He added “I tested the car last week at Silverstone that proved successful”
Perez and Gamble will compete in the Silver Cup category at Paul Ricard, with Pedersen and Lungstrass running in the Am Cup this weekend.
Perez and Gamble will take to the circuit early on Thursday morning for an official test session in the Aston Martin followed by another in the afternoon.
A spectacular night race on the Circuit Paul Ricard will conclude the 2020 GT4 European Series, with the start of the final race of the season scheduled for Saturday evening at 18:45, an hour and a half after sunset.
The first race will start at 10:15 GMT on Saturday. Qualifying for the two races will take place after dark on Friday evening, after two free practice sessions at 10:45 and 14:55 on Friday.
Editorial by Paul Horton – Images by R Motorsport Team – Caption: European-GT4-R-Motorsport-03-Seb-Perez