Mortimer closes in on British Mini title

Edinburgh’s Oly Mortimer strengthened his bid to win the British Mini Championship when he bagged a win and a podium in the penultimate round at Croft near Darlington.

The 25-year-old car technician with Edinburgh’s Western VW followed up his fourth-place in the opening race of the triple-header by finishing second in the next race having started fourth on the grid.

But Mortimer, driving his Mark Fish Motorsport-prepared Mini Cooper S, reserved his best till the final race of the Croft round by storming through from fourth on the grid to comfortably win.

In doing so the Scot extended his lead in the championship to 16 points with just the final triple-header at Snetterton remaining.

“It was a tough but satisfying weekend,” Mortimer, who leads the three-car Formula International team, admitted today. “It could easily have been three podiums but I missed third in the opening race by just two-thousandths of a second.

“Still, I’m in a strong position with just the final round remaining at Snetterton next month. Traditionally I go quite well there so hopefully we can keep it altogether and clinch the championship.”

Mortimer is expected to graduate to the British Touring Car Championship next season.


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