CAR GOD MORGAN POWERS TO SECOND WIN OF THE SEASON
Adam Morgan vaulted up to sixth in the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship Drivers’ standings after securing a second win of the season at Thruxton last month.
Morgan – who had been in the mix all weekend – started the final race of the day on pole position and duly blasted his Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport BMW 330i M Sport out front.
The Lancastrian had to contend with race-long pressure from four-time BTCC champion Colin Turkington, as well as three safety car interruptions, before clinching a tenth career win and the second in the squad’s new BMW.
“It’s always hard in a reverse grid race because they seem to throw everything at you like three safety car periods!” said Morgan. “My Mac Tools-supported car felt great in that race. All the tweaks that we made over the weekend all came good – it has been getting better and better.
“There was immense pressure from Colin, but I’ve done a lot of training on the iZone sim and all that experience paid off, although I did make a little mistake at the chicane and locked up.
“My engineer Steve Farrell was on the radio suggesting I should back it off and my tyre was well-worn anyway, but a win is a win. It’s a mega result for the whole Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport team.
“WSR has been a great help, but it is really satisfying for an independent team like ours to beat the works cars.”
Morgan had started the day sixth on the grid, before netting seventh and eighth-place finishes in the opening races.
The second Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport BMW of Tom Chilton took 14th in the opening race – his 400th BTCC start – but struggled in races two and three to finish 17th.
Ciceley Motorsport’s Commercial Director Norman Burgess said: “That was a fantastic day for Adam and the whole team. Thruxton is an important circuit for Car Gods with lots of trackside sponsorship and all of our guests were delighted with a great day of racing as well as Adam’s win.
“He drove brilliantly to fend off the renowned BMW master Colin Turkington, so that is a major boost for him as a driver and us as a team, as well as vindicating our decision to go with the BMWs this year. He’s up to sixth in the championship and our Haydock Finance-backed cars just keep on improving the more we learn, so we can’t wait to go to Croft now and aim for more wins.”