A testing round 4 at oulton park
Adam Morgan and his WIX Racing team endured a difficult weekend during Round 4 of the MSA British Touring Car Championship hosted by his home circuit Oulton Park in Cheshire. Adam’s immaculately prepared Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A Class suffered with a minor brake problem in free practice one. Once his engineers managed to resolve the issue he was back with the front of the pack in free practice two and the WIX Racing Mercedes was set up ready for qualifying.
A good grid position is essential at the notoriously tight and difficult to overtake Oulton Park. Adam was really up against it in qualifying as his fantastic early season form and championship position has earned him an extra 33kg of success ballast. With threatening rain clouds above, Adam was immediately on the pace and spent most of the 30 minute session within the top six. Many of Adam’s championship rivals have not enjoyed the same level of consistency or success as Adam and were qualifying with no added weight at all. Adam was still able to place his WIX Racing Mercedes-Benz A-Class on the 5th row in a very respectable 10th.
Adam “Yep I am happy well satisfied with that grid slot, there are a couple of really slow corners on this track and the equalisation measures work well here and the weight considerably slows the cars acceleration. We are 10th but still well within a second of Pole Position, we have a really good race set up and as long as I am able to get by them tomorrow we should hopefully be on for another fairly good weekend. I do love Oulton Park, but it’s really difficult to overtake in a Touring Car, we are back on the Island and not the International Circuit so that should increase the enjoyment for us all”
Beautiful sunshine greeted Adam and the WIX Racing team on race day. Adam was busy with TV interviews and question and answer sessions, well over 50,000 people attended to watch the Whalley Whirlwind at his home circuit, there were Morgan#33 banners on every corner of the track. Adam was unfortunately baulked going in to the first couple of corners and found himself in 13th place in the early part of the race however a typical controlled aggressive, intelligent drive saw him bring the Ciceley Motorsport prepared A-Class home in 11th
“That wasn’t bad, I am a little frustrated, my car had loads of speed but you just can’t overtake, it turned out to be a bit of a procession to be honest, not enjoyable for either the supporters or drivers, we just needed a bit of action to spice things up but nothing really occurred during the race. I have collected a few more points and there is no damage to the WIX Racing Mercedes, so let’s see what we can do in race 2” Adam continued “I have to add the support we have here today is mind blowing, the pit lane walkabout and autograph session was unbelievable, thank you to everybody who has taken the time to make banners and drop by to say hello, it really does mean a lot to us”
In race two Adam forced and was presented with a couple of opportunities to improve his position, as expected he didn’t need asking twice and a masterful driving display saw him bring the WIX Racing A-Class home in 6th position. Adam beamed “That’s more like it, I enjoyed that race it was hard work and I was still held up everywhere but that’s the nature of both the circuit and driver trying to maintain his position. I have just heard that I have been drawn to start race 3 on Pole Position, I am obviously over the moon about that and hope we can finish the day with at least a podium and further haul of Championship points.
Adam started race 3 from Pole, the grid seemed to take forever to form up and just before the lights went out the WIX Racing Mercedes moved forward no more than a couple of inches! Adam stopped the car and started the race brilliantly holding off the rear wheel drive works BMW of Sam Tordoff into the first corner, Adam got the hammer down and was at least a second and a half in the lead when the race stewards adjudged him to have had a jump start and gave him a drive through penalty. Adam rejoined the field dead last in 28th place but as usual gave his absolute all and brought the Ciceley Motorsport prepared Mercedes-Benz A Class home in a respectable and hard fought 17th place still collecting a point for leading the race for a lap.
Adam “I am gutted, moved an inch and was punished a mile, rules are rules and I can have no complaints against the stewards as long as they are consistent in their rulings. I’m not that gutted for myself it’s everybody else. I have the best team around me in the paddock, the best sponsors and they deserve a win every weekend. I really don’t know how it happened, I was sat on the grid for a lifetime and the car just moved a little bit. I am sorry, I feel like I have let everybody down” Adam continued “I won’t let this get to me, its Croft in 3 weeks, I am going to move on from this and be more determined than ever to deliver results throughout the rest of this year”
Norman Burgess Commercial and Marketing Manager “Still a good weekend despite race 3 we remain 6th in the Championship and have lost only a few points to our rivals. Of course there is an element of disappointment for the Team who work so hard and the Sponsors whose support we couldn’t do without. However, we have arguably the best driver and car in the Championship and unarguably the best Engineer and Team, there will be plenty more opportunities for podium results throughout the year. We are a proper team we win, lose, laugh and cry together, there really is no one member more important to the team than another, the mood in our camp is always buoyant”
Norman continued “The support Adam has received here has been amazing and the atmosphere in the WIX Racing hospitality suite has been brilliant, all 96 of the teams VIP guests have enjoyed a brilliant day, in 16 days we leave for round 5 at Croft, wish we could race every weekend”
Adam remains 6th in the Drivers Championship on 114 points and 3rd in the Independent Driver standings, the WIX Racing Team are 5th in the Teams Championship also on 114 points and still second in the Independent Teams Championship.
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