Morgan edged from the top step of the hill
Adam Morgan experienced an up and down weekend at the undulating Knockhill Race Circuit in the Kingdom of Fife, the terrific venue that hosted round 7 of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship. After a satisfactory qualifying session the ‘Ribchester Rocket’ finished the weekend on the podium again with a brilliant second place in the last of days three races, in his immaculately prepared Ciceley Motorsport, WIX Racing Mercedes-Benz A-Class.
Adam placed the WIX Racing Mercedes on row 5 in 10th during Saturday afternoon’s hectic qualifying session and was only 0.464 from the Constructor entry, rear wheel drive BMW of 3 times World Touring Car Champion Andy Priaulx. The top 23 cars were within 8 tenths of a second of each other. “To be honest I expected to be around 10th I was obviously hoping for much better but this twisty, tight track favours the rear wheel drive cars and our Championship ‘success ballast’ hasn’t made the car any easier to drive” said a content Morgan. “There is usually a fair bit of carnage around here and hopefully I will be able to make up a few positions during the race to continue with our top ten Championship ambitions at the end of the year”
An unusually bright and sunny day greeted the drivers for race 1 and after a good start Adam held his position and settled into the race but struggled from the very beginning with the handling of the WIX Racing Mercedes-Benz. Many drivers ran into the gravel traps and the safety car was brought out. Once the stricken cars were cleared Adam again tried to reel in the cars in front of him but was unable to make a move. Adam commented “Frustrating, very frustrating. I can’t help my engineer Paul Ridgway because I can’t put my finger on what exactly the problem is. I am losing loads of time through the second sector and the car is airborne for an eternity. I don’t know if it’s the weight, the tyres, general set up or me, we haven’t been completely happy with the car all weekend. The only thing I do know is that we will get the car sorted between us by the end of the day” Adam finished by adding “It’s not all bad we still finished ninth and a couple of my main rivals have had problems”
In Race two Adam lined up on his Dunlop Soft Tyres in 15th after failing, due to the amount of traffic and his handling issues on the 1.3 demanding track, to put in his usual fast lap time. After a fantastic battle with Aiden Moffat in the sister Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz and previous British Touring Car Champions Jason Plato and Matt Neal Adam brought the car home in 10th . Adam “We are getting there, I am still losing time in the second sector but the car is improving and the team are doing, as always, a fantastic job. The commitment and dedication they display is sometimes overwhelming”
The final race of the day saw Adam and his Ciceley Motorsport prepared WIX Racing Mercedes-Benz A-Class back on Pole Position after Touring Car Legend John Cleland selected Adams number for the reverse grid race. Adam made a brilliant start and began to pull away from the chasing pack. Unfortunately an incident saw deployment of the safety car and the field bunched up. However, once the safety period was over Adam timed his re-start to perfection and again began to leave everybody in his wake. Unfortunately, luck was not on Adam’s side and he collected a piece of bodywork from Stewart Lines Toyota which covered the Mercedes air cooling system. Although the bodywork dislodged itself Adam had been caught by the Honda of Matt Neal who passed him with a brilliant move into the Taylors hairpin. Adam, free of the debris, attempted to re-pass Neal but ran out of laps. “The car was mega, what a team we have, Paul Ridgway my engineer has dialled the car in perfectly. I am obviously a little bit gutted that I couldn’t bring it home first for the sponsors and the team but a second place is a brilliant result for us” Adam continued “I have just had a quick look through the finishers and our championship positions look like they have improved and I’ve since heard that Aiden Moffat has been awarded third place in his Ciceley Motorsport prepared Mercedes-Benz A-Class which is fantastic. Its ended up being a top day out!”
Norman Burgess Commercial and Marketing Manager “Adam had done it again, he digs really deep and keeps on producing top ten results no matter what. His second place on the podium is the icing on the cake. I have never seen Knockhill so full of people and the WIX Racing hospitality unit was in the centre of the track providing our VIP guests with a fantastic view of the action, everybody had a ball. Adams Question and answer session was really good fun and his podium was a brilliant, exciting end to a brilliant day”.
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