Solid start for Whalley racer Adam

Adam Morgan in action. Report and picture: Davai Goosey
Adam Morgan in action. Report and picture: Davai Goosey
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Whalley’s Adam Morgan sits seventh with 27 points in the British Touring Car Championship after the first round of the year at Brands Hatch.

Morgan qualified 12th with a lap time of 48.717 seconds, just 0.3 of a second off pole position.

As the lights went out for the first race, Morgan narrowly avoided an accident directly in front of him, and he finished the first lap ninth.

Succumbing to pressure from faster cars making their way through the field, Morgan began to slide down the order as his tyres faded. Contact with Tom Ingram knocked him wide on lap eight, dropping him to 13th, though he was able to gain ground and finish 11th.

The grid order for race two will be decided by the fastest lap times from race one – this put Morgan 10th, and in a prime position to score some solid points.

Holding his position at the start he was soon putting pressure on Jack Goff in front.

Contact between Goff and Aron Smith gave him sixth place, and he was soon past the struggling Rob Collard and up to fifth, before Jason Plato crashed out from the lead a few laps from the end, meaning Morgan finished fourth.

Starting from seventh on the grid for the final race, after a four-car pileup, the first part of the race was spent behind the safety car.

On the restart Morgan successfully defended his position but he was unable to keep Smith behind him any longer, though he was gifted a place in the final stages after Andrew Jordan pulled into the pits with a puncture.