Whalley driver’s late burst earns fifth place at Croft

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Whalley’s Adam Morgan stands in 12th place after the British Touring Car Championship headed north last weekend for round five.

A firm favorite with both the fans and the drivers, Croft circuit in North Yorkshire never fails to provide an exciting weekends racing.

Morgan lined up eighth on the grid for the first race of the day after setting a qualifying time of one minute and 24.113 seconds just 0.8 of a second off pole position.

After an aborted start due to the starting light system failing, the race eventually got underway.

Morgan lost a place to the fast starting Audi of Rob Austin, but never one to give up a place easily, he tried to take it back up the inside at the first corner - a move that would have worked if he hadn’t had to suddenly avoid the sideways Honda of Matt Neal .

This caused him to make contact with the back of Rob Austin. Austin spun but managed to rejoin the race.

Morgan, however, was not so lucky and was forced to pull over and retire a few moments later.

After retiring from the first race, Morgan was demoted to the back of the grid for the second race of the day, leaving him with a lot of work to do from 29th place.

After a stunning start and first lap, Morgan managed to avoid the first lap carnage and was already up to 19th place by the end of the third lap.

By the halfway point he had fought his way up to 17th, and after that the Mercedes really started to come alive and show its true pace.

Morgan charged his way up the order, passing someone almost every lap, eventually crossing the line in 11th place, having gained 18 places in only 15 laps.

Morgan was promoted up the grid to 10th for the start of the third race after Jason Plato was handed a grid penalty for an incident in race two, giving him an advantage before the race had even begun.

He managed to keep out of trouble through the chaos of the first lap, which led to an almost immediate safety car after numerous accidents all round the circuit.

The various stricken cars were recovered after a couple of laps behind the safety car, and Morgan found himself in eighth place for the restart.

He held his place on the restart, resisting the pressure from Aron Smith behind him.

He became embroiled in a three-car battle for the remainder of the race, eventually coming out on top after contact between the other two cars gave him the opportunity to dive through and seize sixth place.

Running out of time to gain much more ground, Morgan took one last lunge at fifth place. Coming up the inside of Jack Goff in the final corner, it was a flat out drag race for the flag, with Morgan coming out on top by just 0.001 of a second.

Morgan now stands in 12th place in the championship with 65 points.