Ribchester racer earns fully-funded drive in the 2012 British Touring Car Championships

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RIBCHESTER racer Adam Morgan has claimed a lucrative fully-funded drive in the 2012 British Touring Car Championships after winning the inaugural Michelin Ginetta GT Supercup Championship in a dramatic finale at Silverstone.

The 23-year-old, who represents Ciceley Racing, went into the final weekend of the season in second, trailing Total Control Racing’s Carl Breeze - who once succeeded 2007 Formula 1 world champion Kimi Raikkonen to win the British Formula Renault series.

But Saturday’s qualifying saw the team’s tireless efforts in testing pay off as Morgan sealed his first ever pole position in the championship, at its most crucial point, to narrow the gap at the top to seven points.

In race one, Morgan initially held his position after a poor start off the line, but was demoted to third, until a coming together saw the Safety Car deployed.

A calm Morgan made a better restart to take second position and advance on Tom Sharpe, but his competitor crossed the line first by a mere 0.4 seconds.

Morgan began the final round of the season second next to Sharpe, but made a sluggish start and dropped down to fourth.

A Safety Car was again required due to an incident off the grid, but on the re-start, as Sharp started to pull away, it became apparent that the title would be decided by what happened between Morgan and Breeze in the closing stages.

As the race pace slowed, Morgan made a successful move on Breeze for third, Morgan soon set about reeling in Nathan Freke.

He began to close the gap, earning the fastest lap of the race, before snatching second on lap 19, and he held on to secure the championship.

“I’m absolutely ecstatic, lost for words,” said Morgan, “At the beginning of this year I was hoping to finish top three, to come out on top is unbelievable. Massive thanks to Ciceley Racing.”