Farnsfield’s Jon Mortimer moves step nearer to Caterham Supersport Championship title

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Farnsfield’s Jon Mortimer is in pole position to win the Avon Tyres Caterham Supersport Championship after claiming a recent win and second place.

Mortimer’s 2014 racing season to date has seen very little flaws in his performance with a number of podiums and close shaves getting him to where he is in the championship.

And he moved a step closer to making it a season to remember during Rounds 11 and 12 of the Avon Tyres Caterham Supersport Championship at the Croft circuit.

Speaking after the meeting he said: “It’s been a tough battle and remains anyone’s championship as we go into the last two race at Silverstone.

“The car has performed brilliantly and thanks go to the support and effort from Chapelle Jewellery and DPR Motorsport during the season.”

His weekend didn’t get off to a good start having missed out on the usual Friday free practice sessions due to family illness.

Mortimer went straight into Saturday’s qualifying with a new circuit to get to grips with and qualified in fourth place.

By the time the lights went out and Race 1 started on Saturday afternoon, Jon got a great start and was up into second place by the first turn, having passed championship rival James Robinson and European Caterham racer Clive Richards.

On lap one Jon lost second to Robinson on the run through Hawthorn corner. Jon continued to battle with the top three for the next 13 laps, crossing the line with less than one second covering them.

By lap 13 Mortimer started to suffer gearbox issues and on lap 14 Richards passed him into Clervaux.

Both Mortimer and Richards then battled for the remaining laps, but with Richards ultimately passing the line on the last lap less than 0.4s ahead of Mortimer.

As the lights went out and Race 2 started Jon had a brilliant start and immediately off the line had made up two places.

However this great start was immediately lost as the gearbox would not engage third gear and by turn one Jon found himself back in 12th place with a lot of work to do, watching his championship rivals pulling away over five seconds further down the road.

A fantastic and determined fight over the next laps saw Mortimer steadily profess his way back up towards the front of the pack and by lap five Jon was back up to fifth place and by lap 8 he was up to third place.

But Jon had lost too much time fighting through the pack and the trwo leaders had an unrecoverable gap.

Mortimer finally crossed the line in a respectable third place and while battling through the order he posted the fastest lap of the race at 1:33.831 and a top speed of 81.53mph

Mortimer leaves Croft still leading the Avon Tyres Caterham Supersport Championship with 263 points, a six points lead ahead of James Robinson, Mike Hart is third with 240 points.

The final round of the championship sees the action head to Silverstone race circuit over the weekend of 18th and 19th October at Silverstone.