Farnsfield racer Jon Mortimer suffered a weekend of misfortune at the famous Nurburgring Grand Prix race circuit in Germany.
Taking part in the Avon Tyres Caterham Tracksport Championship Eurofest race meeting, Mortimer had slipped from top spot to 10 points adrift at Brand’s Hatch
Race one on Saturday afternoon saw the grid in wet conditions. A delay on the grid to clear oil left by previous race saw the sun come out and in 10 minutes an almost entirely dry track, benefitting those who had gambled on the weather improving and had opted for a dry set-up.
Unfortunately for Jon, not having full team support meant that there was not enough time for him to alter the car’s wet set- up and he dropped to sixth before the first corner.
He then spent the 30-minute race battling between fourth and sixth positions, finally crossing the line in fifth and posting the second fastest lap of the race.
Fifth on the grid for the Sunday race, he battled into third and posted a fastest lap before, on lap seven, he clipped team mate and championship rival Terry Langley and, when a broken noze cone caused a blow out on lap 11, he was forced to retire, leaving a 35-point gap with two races to go.