After a near-perfect weekend – including the second race win of his career to date – Whalley’s Adam Morgan sits sixth in the British Touring Car Championship.
Morgan finally got his chance to shine at Thruxton in Hampshire.
He qualified a stunning fourth, just 0.131 of a second away from pole position.
As the lights went out for the first race, Morgan was immediately under pressure from Andy Priaux in his BMW.
Running side by side for half a lap, Morgan came out on top and out braked Priaux into the chicane. His position now safe, he set about hunting down Aron Smith in third.
Morgan piled on the pressure and luck intervened as Smith pulled into the pits with a puncture, gifting Morgan third place.
Starting from third on the grid for the second race, Morgan again had Priaux behind him.
This time, however, the start didn’t go as smoothly and Morgan and Priaux made contact at the first corner, sending them both spinning across the grass.
Morgan managed to get back on the track but in 10th place.
The race settled down and Morgan gained two places after Matt Neal suffered a puncture and Aron Smith made a mistake, to finish in eighth place.
Picked to start the final race on pole, this was Morgan’s chance to score big points.
He got a text book start, managed to keep out of trouble on the first lap, and was soon starting to draw out a gap from Andy Jordan in second.
By the halfway point Morgan had built up a three-second lead when, unfortunately, the safety car came out after Warren Scott crashed, leaving him with it all do again.
Once the stricken car was safely moved, the race was back on and Morgan again disappeared into the distance, working up a safe lead. From there he was able to control the race and precisely manage his tyres, allowing him to take his first win of the season.
Morgan now has 98 points – 16 points off the lead – ahead of the next round at Oulton Park.