Consistent Morgan ninth in BTCC after three rounds

Adam Morgan in action at Thruxton
Adam Morgan in action at Thruxton

After three top-10 finishes, Whalley’s Adam Morgan is ninth in the Dunlop British Touring Car Championship after the third round at Thruxton.

Morgan was in the thick of the action all weekend. He qualified 10th with a lap time of 1 minute 16.975 seconds, just 0.783 seconds slower than the pole position time set by Andrew Jordan.

Morgan got a good start to the first race of the weekend. He lost a place to Colin Turkington whilst fighting with Alain Menu, but soon retook it on the second lap. He fought his way up to eighth, chasing down Menu in seventh. Unable to catch Menu, Morgan was forced to go onto the defensive to fend off Turkington and Sam Tordorff.

Morgan was able to keep Tordorff behind, but Turkington forced his way past in the final few laps, leaving Morgan to finish ninth.

Starting race two from ninth, a safe start kept Tordorff behind him, and a drive through penalty for Menu on the second lap promoted him to eighth. Despite being able to close up on Jason Plato, Morgan was unable to get past the former champion, and when a high speed accident involving Nick Foster and Rob Austin on lap 13 brought about a premature end to the race, Morgan finished eighth.

Starting from third on the grid, Morgan lost one place at the start and was looking strong until contact with Rob Collard pushed him into the side of Plato, ending up down in 11th. He recovered to ninth, but the safety car came out twice after high speed crashes, and on the resumption, he finished eighth after contact between Collard and Matt Neal.

The racing resumes in June at Oulton Park in Cheshire.