Commanding win for Adam Morgan in Rockingham opener
Adam Morgan completed a commanding lights-to-flag victory with a faultless display in the opening Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship race at Rockingham.
Whilst Morgan was taking his third win of the season in relative comfort there was seemingly no end of drama in the battle for the remaining podium places, which kicked off as soon as the lights went out.
A sluggish start from Halfords Yuasa Racing’s Dan Cammish from third on the grid nearly let Tom Chilton’s Ford by on the run down to the hairpin for the first time, but as the former went in deep in order to defend he unfortunately tagged second placed Sam Tordoff and tipped him into a spin.
With the the GardX-backed Ford now stranded in the middle of the track and facing the wrong way, a number of unsighted drivers were then caught up in the resulting melee.
Both BTC Norlin Hondas were impacted in some way, as was Sam Smelt’s Audi, Andrew Jordan’s BMW and Matt Neal’s Honda. Whilst the majority of those affected were able to continue a safety car was called in order to clean up the debris.
There was no let off after the restart as Jason Plato was next to be spun around as his Subaru Levorg dropped to the back of the order after contact. His reigning champion team-mate Ash Sutton was busy making progress as he slipped by Cammish into third, but even better was to come for the #1 Adrian Flux Subaru Racing star.
Sutton produced the move of the race on lap 13 with a switchback manoeuvre on Tom Chilton through the esses and he would then scamper away with a second placed finish. Chilton couldn’t shake off Cammish and Chris Smiley’s BTC Honda as those two swapped places in the closing stages.
Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher’s Chilton held on to third but it was Cammish and Smiley crossing the line side-by-side – with Smiley getting the nod for fourth place by just 0.059s.
Mike Bushell enjoyed a stellar performance in his Team HARD-run VW, keeping away from trouble to take sixth ahead of now championship leader Colin Turkington. Team BMW’s Turkington had enjoyed a race long battle with title rival Tom Ingram, but the Speedworks Motorsport man was cruelly denied a finish with a throttle problem on the final lap.
Aiden Moffat (Laser Tools Racing), Rory Butcher (AmD with AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Racing) and Matt Simpson (Simpson Racing) completed the top ten positions.
2018 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship – Round 19 – Rockingham
1 Adam MORGAN (GBR) Mac Tools with Ciceley Motorsport 18 laps
2 Ashley SUTTON (GBR) Adrian Flux Subaru Racing +3.017s
3 Tom CHILTON (GBR) Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher +7.031s
4 Chris SMILEY (GBR) BTC Norlin Racing +7.293s
5 Dan CAMMISH (GBR) Halfords Yuasa Racing +7.352s
6 Mike BUSHELL (GBR) Trade Price Cars with Brisky Racing +8.830s
7 Colin TURKINGTON (GBR) Team BMW +9.459s
8 Aiden MOFFAT (GBR) Laser Tools Racing +11.934s
9 Rory BUTCHER (GBR) AmD with AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Racing +13.547s
10 Matt SIMPSON (GBR) Simpson Racing +14.306s
11 Rob AUSTIN (GBR) DUO Motorsport with HMS Racing +16.028s
12 Senna PROCTOR (GBR) Power Maxed TAG Racing +16.305s
13 Jack GOFF (GBR) WIX Racing with Eurotech +16.784s
14 Stephen JELLEY (GBR) Team Parker Racing +22.370s
15 Andrew JORDAN (GBR) BMW Pirtek Racing +23.539s
16 Ollie JACKSON (GBR) AmD with Cobra Exhausts +27.063s
17 Ricky COLLARD (GBR) Team BMW +27.339s
18 Matt NEAL (GBR) Halfords Yuasa Racing +29.702s
19 James COLE (GBR) Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher +30.304s
20 Michael CAINE (GBR) Team HARD with Trade Price Cars +30.727s
21 Dan LLOYD (GBR) BTC Norlin Racing +31.490s
22 Glynn GEDDIE (GBR) AmD with AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Racing +39.491s
23 Jason PLATO (GBR) Adrian Flux Subaru Racing +40.062s
24 Bobby THOMPSON (GBR) Team HARD with Trade Price Cars +1 lap
25 Tom OLIPHANT (GBR) Ciceley Motorsport +1 lap
26 Brett SMITH (GBR) WIX Racing with Eurotech +2 laps
DNF Tom INGRAM (GBR) Speedworks Motorsport +1 lap
DNF Josh COOK (GBR) Power Maxed TAG Racing +8 laps
DNF Sam TORDOFF (GBR) Team GardX Racing with Motorbase +17 laps
DNF Sam SMELT (GBR) AmD with Cobra Exhausts +18 laps
DNF Ollie PIDGLEY (GBR) Trade Price Cars with Brisky Racing +18 laps