Return to form for Morgan
WIX Racing’s Adam Morgan bounced back from troubled weekends at Oulton Park and Croft with three excellent top ten finishes at Snetterton last weekend.
Morgan was a firm championship contender after taking two wins earlier in the campaign, but the Ciceley Racing-run outfit looked surprisingly out of sorts during the events immediately prior to the mid-season break.
A positive test at Snetterton in July led to Morgan’s best ever BTCC qualifying run during the race weekend – the Mercedes man taking third at the Norfolk track.
He lost out to Mat Jackson’s Ford in the opening two races, but still brought home solid fourth and fifth place finishes.
“My WIX Racing Mercedes-Benz A-Class just didn’t seem as good as yesterday, with the front and back of the car not being quite as sharp,” he commented after the contests. “I tried hard to catch Mat but that Ford Focus is really quick in a straight line so it was very tough.”
Adam ran third at the restarted final race, but again it was Jackson diving forcefully up the inside of the A-Class. As Morgan was nudged wide, he rubbed into Tom Ingram’s Toyota Avensis and both picked up damage. Adam dropped to ninth and spent the ten-lap race involved in huge battles, fighting for position and defending at the same time. By flagfall, the Ribchester Rocket had raced to a hard-fought seventh place.
“I got roughed up a bit at the start,” said Adam. “I was ahead going into the corner and got a massive whack in the side that forced me wide and I whacked Ingram. That dropped me to ninth but I was able to battle back to seventh, although the engine seemed to be losing a bit of power towards the end and I was losing about four lengths at the end of each straight.
“Three top ten finishes is a great result, though, after a difficult time at Oulton Park and Croft so all round it has been a very positive weekend and we go to Knockhill which has suited our car in the past.”