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Mortimer holds nerve at Gurston Down
MARK Mortimer, from Mudford near Yeovil, held his nerve and did what was needed to seal the 2013 Gates of Brockenhurst Gurston Down Hillclimb Championship as he took another commanding Hillclimb Supersports class win in his trusty 2.0 Mallock Mk 18B.
Mike Rudge from Cwmbran needed a 31.16s time in his 2.3-litre modified specialist production Westfield to ease the title from Mortimer’s grasp, and the best of two nicely controlled efforts fell just seven hundredths short of his target.
The championship leader going into the final, Ritchie Gatt from West Sussex, won the up to 2,000cc modified specialist production class in his 2.0 Westfield SEiW to increase his score sufficiently to finish as runner up, thus edging Rudge into third place.
Third fastest overall was a determined-looking Chris Cannell from Salisbury in the twin-engined 2.6 Force SR8, setting his personal best time in the Force in what could well be his last run in this car, with a new sports racing machine coming along for next season.