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WIX Racing’s Adam Morgan ended his Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship season with two further podium finishes and his amazing record of finishing every lap of the season intact, as he secured seventh place in the Drivers’ Championship.
Adam’s excellent weekend began by topping the times in Free Practice 1, although the need to change a fuel pump lost Adam valuable track time at the start of the second session. Despite the setback, Adam stormed to third fastest in qualifying, helped by a tow from a rival, to start the opening race from the second row.
With 21 kilos of success ballast on board, Adam chased hard in his WIX Racing Mercedes-Benz A-Class, but couldn’t quite find a way to attack the ballast-free cars of leader Mat Jackson nor second-placed Aron Smith. Adam was also hampered at the end of the opening race with low fuel pressure causing another fuel pump change before race two.
Adam started the second race third on the grid but with more ballast – now 57 kilos – and chased after race leader Jackson, with Adam also defending from the ballast-free Toyota Avensis of Tom Ingram. As the race wore on, the extra weight began to tell on the Mercedes and Ingram found a way past for second, but Adam valiantly hung on to the back of Ingram to secure third and claim a second podium finish of the day.
Adam was fifth on the reversed grid for the final race and charged away from the line into a race affected early on by three safety car periods. As Adam again lugged around 57 kilos of weight, the Mercedes became caught up in the championship outcome as a long train of cars fought for position as champion-elect Gordon Shedden worked his way up the order. Adam came out on top of a mega battle involving BMW, MG and Volkswagen opposition to secure sixth place in the race.
For Adam, his season netted seventh place overall in the Drivers’ Championship and third in the Independents’ Trophy; WIX Racing secured fifth in the Teams’ Trophy and second in the Independents’ team Trophy to round out a benchmark season.
Team Principal Russell Morgan said: “It’s been a perfect weekend. The pace has been there, we have had some great results and no damage! Adam has raced hard and well and been in the leading group in all three races and to be the only driver to finish every lap of every race is quite an achievement in the BTCC.”
Adam was equally pleased: “It’s been a real team effort and we have made such progress this year. The team, especially my engineer Paul Ridgeway, has found some extra pace in the Mercedes-Benz A-Class and to have three races here with two podiums and a sixth place is our best weekend of the year and I hope that we can carry on that pace in 2016.”
The team’s Commercial and Marketing Manager Norman Burgess paid tribute to the team’s backers: “We can’t do this without sponsorship and everyone who helps to put Adam’s car on the grid takes as much from these results as Adam himself does. We are hugely grateful to everyone who supports Adam’s racing and these three superb drivers are for each and every one of them. With this end to the season, we will be back even stronger in 2016.”
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