Trying and tyreing weekend at croft
Adam Morgan and his WIX racing backed Ciceley Motorsport team endured a tricky weekend at Round 5 of the British Touring Car Championship hosted at Croft in North Yorkshire. Although again finishing in all three races, car set up proved to be difficult for the team all weekend. The circuit surface is known to be extremely abrasive and was unkind to his Dunlop shod Mercedes-Benz A-Class.
The Saturday morning free practice sessions seemed to go as usual with Adam in the top ten of both sessions, although both tyre wear and their longevity was of some concern to the WIX racing teams engineers. Adam had arrived at the Circuit with 33kg of ‘success ballast’ due to his high championship position and dialling the car in was proving to be arduous.
Qualifying took place at 4 o’clock on a scorching Saturday afternoon. Paul Ridgway, the teams Chief Engineer, soon established that the ‘sweet spot’ for the tyres optimum performance was on flying laps 2 or 3 meaning Adam only had 3 hot runs on the cars permitted 16 tyres. The stricken car of Kieran Gallagher kept the tracks third sector under waved yellow flags for at least 5 laps of the session which only proved to hinder Adams attempts further. Adam still managed to place his WIX Racing Mercedes-Benz A-Class on the 5th row of the grid in 9th. “That’s the best I could do” said Adam “The rear wheel drive cars are having a field day out there and our championship ballast is just killing us out of the 2 slow corners, let’s hope we can find a decent race set up for tomorrow”
Race day came and the threat of sustained rain showers never materialised. Adam and his immaculately prepared Ciceley Motorsport A-Class finished both races in 9th position, towards the end of both races he was forced to rigorously defend his position in the last few laps to collect valuable points and keep his Championship aspirations alive. “The car is mega, it’s the tyres that are the problem, I have great straight line speed but as the race progress’s tyre wear is becoming almost impossible to manage. I think it’s a bit of a salvage job this weekend all the cars on the grid have circuits that suit them differently, my team are as always doing all they can to give me the best possible car, I either drive the car slowly and let the pack get away from me or get stuck in and manage the car the best I can later in the race” Adam finished by laughing “I am still trying to get used to that not giving a 100% from when the lights change bit”!
Race 3 and Adam had, under the rules, to use the softer Dunlop tyres he initially chased down the pack and was involved in a battle for the top 6, inevitably his tyres went completely off the boil and he ran off the track at the rapid Tower Bend section of the track. A determined Adam rejoined the track with 3 laps to go and finished 23rd the first time he has failed to score a point in any race this year. “Wow that was dodgy, I’ve just had a look and a couple of the tyres are down to the canvas I don’t think we would have got away with another lap. This weekend has not been the best but it’s been far from a disaster, we have scored points in 2 of the races and still finished all 3 races. I am as always grateful for the WIX Racing team’s efforts, they really are the very best, there is absolutely nothing else we could have tried this weekend, they left no stone unturned. It’s Snetterton next and that track suits the car much better”
Norman Burgess Commercial & Marketing Manager “Adam’s a bit down, he has finished in the top ten all year, he has always given his all and we can ask no more of him. This is the best, most competitive ‘tin top’ series in the country maybe in Europe and the ‘success ballast’ has been implemented to keep it close right until the very end, we are still there or thereabouts and the championship positions have been turned on their head after almost every round. Adam and the WIX Racing team are doing a sterling job both in the workshop and out on the track” Norman continued “The WIX Racing hospitality team were absolutely amazing again this weekend too, my telephone hasn’t stopped with messages of thanks for such a enjoyable day and I have had emails from all the team sponsors forwarding notes of gratitude and praise for their efforts, again over 100 VIP guests were cared for by the team without a single hiccup. Adam and I are off to Le Mans in France for a 24 hour Karting race next week, he is then racing in the Silverstone Classic mid July and the WIX Racing Mercedes-Benz A-Class will also be competing at Oulton Park in a race demonstration at Car Fest North for Chris Evans Children In Need charity at the end of July before the next round at Snetterton in Norfolk on the 9th of August”
Adam remains 3rd in the Independent Driver Standings and 7th in the overall Driver Standings. The WIX Racing Team are 5th in the Teams Standings and 2nd in the Independent Teams standings.
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