Ups and downs for adam on the banks of the rockingham
Adam Morgan moved into 7th place of the British Touring Car Championship this weekend which took place at Northampton’s Rockingham Motor Speedway. The ‘Ribchester Rocket’ also further cemented his 3rd place in the all important Independent Drivers Championship again finishing all three races. Adam, in his Ciceley Motorsport prepared WIX Racing Mercedes-Benz A-Class, is the only competitor in the entire field to have finished every race and completed every racing mile so far this season.
Qualifying didn’t exactly go to plan for Adam. A positive showing in both of Saturday morning’s free practice sessions left the entire Ciceley Motorsport team feeling positive. However, once the qualification session started a technical problem with the car left Adam down in 19th place on the grid, his worst start position in over 2 years. Thankfully the teams engineer Paul Ridgway, after trawling through the cars data, was able to locate and rectify the complicated fault once the session had finished. Adam “We have made things a bit difficult for ourselves tomorrow, the car was completely different from this morning, there was nothing I could do with it and with a solid Championship season so far behind us the last thing I wanted to do was chuck the WIX Racing Mercedes into ‘the wall’ at a 150 miles per hour. Paul and the team will have the job sorted and the car has shown good speed, so we should be able to move up a few positions. The only certain thing around is that we will as always give 100%”
0.755 of a second from pole position rewards you with a 10th row start in the hotly contested MSA Dunlop British Touring Car Championship. Adam was sat on the grid with the unenviable, almost impossible, task of slicing his way through the field while carrying 27kg of Championship ‘success ballast’ mindful that he also had to save his tyres to enable him to put in a couple of quick lap times to carry him up the grid for race 2 and none of the cars around him were carrying any weight. Adam made a brilliant start and controlled his race perfectly, he immediately began to make up places and then on laps 4,5 and 6 really put the hammer down and when his Dunlop tyres were giving maximum adhesion he posted the 2nd fastest time of the race guaranteeing a front row start for race 2. Adam however was not finished and by the time the flag had dropped he had fought his way up to 9th overtaking 10 cars in the race. “I couldn’t really have asked for anymore from the team or the car, we are well happy with that, a front row start for race 2 and a handful of points towards the championship. It was a good race, fun to be a part of, it’s saved the weekend”
Adam took his place on the front row of race 2 behind the manufacturer entered Honda of Gordon Shedden. When the race started Mat Jackson’s Ford was able to get by. Adam settled his WIX Racing Mercedes-Benz A-Class into a rhythm but was caught by Josh Cook in his Chevrolet on the last lap. Adam attempted to hold off Cook but he was pressing hard. Adam wanted to avoid a collision at all costs and bank his points, he kept Cook honest all the way to the line waiting to pounce on any mistake and brought the car home in 4th. “This championship success ballast was a master stroke by the organisers it keeps the racing so close, I have no tyre left at the end of the race, Josh was closing down on me so fast. I am disappointed not to be on the Podium more for the team and our sponsors than for myself but the points are so important” Adam continued “I am not racing for points, I am racing for the win every time I go out but sometimes I have to use my head”
The reverse grid race 3 saw Adam line up in 7th place after another brilliant start and overtake he settled in to 5th and gapped the chasing pack. However, the safety car was deployed to remove the stricken AMD Ford of Mike Bushell from a gravel trap and after the re-start Adam was clipped by a couple of cars knocking his steering out of line. More collisions throughout the race, including a brush with the wall, left Adam towards the back of the field. He continued on fighting until the flag but was unable to improve and finished 18th only his 3rd none points finish of the 24 races held so far this year. Adam “That was disappointing I think Aron Smith clipped me and my car was just crabbing everywhere, I dropped almost 3 seconds a lap towards the end of the race and was involved with loads of mayhem my car is a bit of a mess. I would like to thank, as always, everybody for their hard work this weekend and am looking forward to a less chaotic weekend at Silverstone in 3 weeks time”
Norman Burgess Commercial and Marketing Manager “The WIX Racing VIP guests absolutely loved this weekend, again we had brilliant weather and Adam was involved in all the action on track. The grid walks at Rockingham are brilliant fun with the high grandstands above the banking and we secured yet another front row start. I don’t think any of us want this season to end, it’s been the best ever. Adam has been outstanding on track and the garage and hospitality teams have delivered the highest of standards every single week, day and hour”.
Adam is now 7th in the overall Driver Standings and 3rd in the Independent Driver Standings. WIX Racing are still first single car entry and an incredible 5th in the overall Team Championship and 2nd in the Independent Team Standings.
Silverstone in Northamptonshire hosts round 9 of the MSA Dunlop British Touring Car Championship on the 26th and 27th of September which is 18 days 13 hours 4 minutes and 6 seconds from the time of writing..... Yes, we are looking forward to it!
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