Racing family mum’s podium finish

RACE DEBUT: Wendy Mortimer with her son Martin.

RACE DEBUT: Wendy Mortimer with her son Martin.

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Motor racing has fast become a family affair for the Acton-based Mortimers, after Wendy followed in her husband Patrick and son Martin’s tyre tracks at Snetterton.

The 48-year-old got her husband into the sport through her fascination with Mini Coopers, which led her to become one of the founding members of the East Coast Mini Club.

It led Patrick Mortimer to compete in the Mini Challenge series for Team Scalextric from last season, enjoying a fantastic debut year, and qualifying as a motor sports instructor earlier this year.

His first pupils were son Martin, 26, and wife Wendy, culminating with both making their racing debuts over the last month.

Wendy Mortimer overcame early nerves to grab a podium finish alongside Martin in her racing debut at the weekend, competing in the penultimate round of the MSVR Track Day Trophy at Snetterton.

“Because of the weather conditions it was quite scary being my first time out,” she said. “It was dreadfully delayed and we didn’t get out until 5.15pm so it was quite dark and I had never done a racing start before.”

She added: “I would definitely do it again and I have another race booked for a couple of weeks time to have another go (at Brands Hatch).”

Martin Mortimer only made his first race appearance at Donington Park last month and in a Mini Cooper, he joined his mum in the two-driver Team Trophy, aimed at novices, competing as 3D Look Motorsport.

A nervous but determined Wendy Mortimer lost seven spaces in her first ever race start but as she gained confidence she began picking her rivals off one by one, working her way up the grid as if she had done this before.

One incredible move saw her drafting a Renault Clio only to pull out and move past him around Coram Curve, then brake hard to exit Murrays in front with a smooth drive off the corner to complete a lap time of 2.57.20.

Martin Mortimer took the car out for the final stint and hampered by poor visibility in the dark, he nevertheless drove the car on the limits, having a couple of close shaves but managing to hang on.

With a great best lap time of 2.51.342 he brought the car over the line third in their class earning a podium place for Advent Motorsport, after six cars started the race.

Wendy Mortimer’s two other children are set to take to the track but she added only time constraints are stopping them at present.