Resort racer lifts two titles in first full season

Morecambe's Andy Larton in action at the Ty Croes Race Circuit on Anglesey at the final round of the Longton & District Northern Speed Championship.
Morecambe's Andy Larton in action at the Ty Croes Race Circuit on Anglesey at the final round of the Longton & District Northern Speed Championship.

A resort petrol-head has lifted two championships in his first full season of racing.

Hill climb and sprint racer Andy Larton has won both the Longton Northern Speed Championship and the Chester and Liverpool Motor Club Speed Championship.

Having only entered a handful of rounds in previous years the 41-year-old who owns Larton Engine Developments on Borrowdale Business Park came out on top in his Peugeot 106 after entering enough races to qualify in the final standings.

Andy, who has also been involved in rallying, Formula Ford and Supermoto said: “This is the first year I’ve done a proper championship really.

“I’ve only ever done two of three rounds in the past but this year I’ve managed to win them both.

“Even then, I only did the number of races you need to do to qualify for the final standings.

“I just did what I had to do and it was enough.

“I’m delighted.”

Andy, who races at places such as Three Sisters in Wigan, the Ty Croes Race Circuit on Anglesey and the former Grand Prix circuit in Aintree, took part in 12 events in the 2013 season and had eleven class wins and broke the class record at seven of the events.

And he believes his particular category of motor sport is a good test of driver skill.

The Morecambe racer said: “Hillclimbing’s getting quite a good following around the North West now.

“It’s point to point against the clock.

“It’s a good discipline because you have to get everything right.”

Andy will begin the defence of his titles from next April.