Castlerock’s Marty Nutt put in two superb rides at Silverstone at the weekend to end his 2013 season in style as he was crowned the Ducati 848 Challenge Champion.
Coming into the final round with a 12-point advantage, second and fourth place finishes were enough for the JHP/Nutttravel.com Ducati Coventry rider to clinch the title, his eventual winning margin being a healthy 27 points.
Speaking after the races at the weekend, a delighted Marty said: “I’m absolutely over the moon to win the title and although it would have been nice to have done it in more style on Sunday, common sense kicked in and I just did what I had to do.
“The top six of us in the Championship have often had a bit of a buffer to the riders behind so I just sat in ‘no-man’s land’ although I don’t think I’ve looked behind as much as what I did in that race!
“The bulk of the hard work was done on Saturday where I just pushed as hard as I could. Obviously I felt for Jonathan who seemed to be struggling for gears but the points I gained there made Sunday’s job that bit easier. I’ve got to say a massive thanks to everyone in the team, especially Ricky Hackett.
“The bike has never missed a beat all year and you’d be hard pushed to find a mechanic anywhere in the paddock with such a superb record. My confidence was still building at the beginning of the year but once the first win came, the season really took off and with such a great team behind me, we did the job we all set out to do!”
Marty intends to defend his crown next year.