THRUXTON RECAP: ROUND 18
MORGAN WINS INCIDENT-PACKED THRUXTON FINALE
Three safety car periods and a wild ride across the final chicane couldn’t prevent pole-sitter Adam Morgan from winning a thrilling Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship finale at Thruxton, as the Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport man led from start-to-finish.
Morgan fended off the hard-charging Team BMW car of Colin Turkington throughout the race, and with both drivers having been selected by the German marque to score Manufacturer points during the weekend, it was a firm but fair fight until the finish.
Various incidents involving the likes of Jade Edwards, Gordon Shedden, Ollie Jackson, Carl Boardley and Sam Smelt meant that the racing action was halted on three occasions, with Morgan having to get the restart right each time in order to stay in front.
Morgan’s main fright came with three laps remaining when the Ciceley star out-braked himself through the final chicane, enforcing an off-track run, but the #33 machine returned unscathed and with his lead intact.
Second place represented important championship points for Turkington, whilst BTC Racing’s Senna Proctor completed the podium, with MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square’s Jake Hill in fourth.
Tom Ingram had yet another scrap with his old team – Speedworks Motorsport – as his #80 Hyundai went wheel-to-wheel with rival Rory Butcher.
Ingram eventually won the fight in his Ginsters-backed Hyundai, as the manufacturer-backed Toyota of Butcher took sixth.
Josh Cook – having already enjoyed a stellar day with a win and a second place – held station to take seventh, ahead of the Adrian Flux with Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall of Jason Plato.
The Draper Tools-supported Hyundai of Chris Smiley was ninth, as he was one of a few drivers to muscle tenth-placed Ash Sutton down the order.
With the upcoming rounds of the BTCC due to take place at Croft next weekend (18/19 September) you can catch ITV’s race highlights below, or click here for Thruxton’s Story of the Day.