Stand­ing ova­tion for race driver

Rodney Times - - LOCALJOBS - RE­NEE CLAY­TON

Mor­timer Mo­tor­sport’s An­dre Mor­timer gave a stand­ing ova­tion per­for­mance at the BMW Race Driv­ers Se­ries this month.

Mor­timer took out the open class se­ries at Pukekohe af­ter plac­ing sec­ond for the last two years.

Driv­ing his M3 GTR, Mor­timer started the last round with a healthy point mar­gin and placed sec­ond in races one and two.

In the last hand­i­cap race, Mor­timer started 80 sec­onds be­hind the first car, but man­aged to catch up and pass all cars by the eighth lap, which had the crowd on their feet.

The Matakana rac­ing out­fit driver said the open class is the most com­pet­i­tive se­ries in New Zealand as any BMW, with any en­gine can com­pete.

‘‘Our team’s cars are very mod­i­fied in re­gards to pro­to­type en­gines, they are as close to a GT race car as you can cur­rently have.

‘‘I was re­ally lucky that I did not have any

‘‘My dad has raced all my life. I was rac­ing dirt bikes and go karts from six year old, I love it.’’

An­dre Mor­timer

me­chan­i­cal break­downs and ev­ery­thing was con­sis­tent.’’

Mor­timer fin­ished the sea­son with ev­ery race com­pleted and felt very happy with his per­for­mance.

‘‘I was up against eight classes, with around 25 to 30 cars on the grid that were bro­ken down into dif­fer­ent classes on the day.

‘‘I would like to thank my team­mates Gary Roper, Tony Christy, Adam Lane and War­wick Mor­timer for all there help.’’

Mor­timer is now looking for the next event to take part in.

‘‘I will be in the next round of the BMW open round en­durance se­ries which we are cur­rently lead­ing.

‘‘I am also looking at po­ten­tially run­ning the Bathurst 12 hour next year de­pend­ing on a car be­ing avail­able or not, and we are looking at run­ning some cars in Europe,’’ he said.

Mor­timer has al­ways loved rac­ing, and his fa­ther War­wick was also the open class cham­pion and into rac­ing.

‘‘My dad has raced all my life. I was rac­ing dirt bikes and go karts from six years old, I love it.’’

To­gether they are mak­ing a pri­vate col­lec­tion of race cars and look for­ward to build­ing it up to share with oth­ers.

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