Standing ovation for race driver
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.’’
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.