Top 10 is the aim for racing ace Mortimer

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Acton racing driver Patrick Mortimer is targeting a top 10 finish in the next round of the Mini Challenge at Oulton Park on July 13.

The 51-year-old was thwarted by a crash in the final race at Brands Hatch the weekend before last as he looked on course to register his best-ever finish with seventh place in the JCW Class.

But Mortimer came away with 10 points from the trio of races, which had a bumper crowd with the Mini Festival being held at the circuit.

The Sudbury-based property developer will be hoping to beat his 11th, 14th and 13th-placed finishes across the weekend in the two races at Oulton Park, the fourth circuit of seven in the series.

“I certainly want to try and get up the table,” said current 15th-placed Mortimer, who came second in the Cooper entry class in his debut season in 2011.

“The top seven guys are really fast, so seventh would have been a nice finish at Brands.

“I want to try and get in the single figures if I can.”

The Sudbury business-man, who drives for Team Scalextric, had to completely rebuild his car after May’s double retirement outing at Brands Hatch on the GP circuit.

On the Indy Circuit this time out, he qualified in 13th position on the gird and came desperately close to the top 10 with an 11th-place in the first round, before 14th in the second.

But it was in the final race that he saw his best chance taken away from him at the Druids hairpin.

“It was wet in the third race and I was challenging for seventh place going into Druids with three cars abreast and that does not go,” he said. “We all had contact and that I had the worst and was shunted out to the grass and spun.

“By the time I recovered it was only two laps from the end.”

The Mini Festival also saw Team Scalextric showcase their miniature Sclaextric replica of Mortimer’s John Cooper Works JCW car.

The model car is set to be available to buy in the shops from September.