Marvellous Morgan dashes to Donington dominance
On a greasy circuit, neither fully wet nor dry, Adam’s weekend started with a difficult qualifying session as he and the Mac Tools with Ciceley Motorsport team struggled to find a suitable set-up on the slippery surface. Adam ended the qualifying session with one last push that helped him to jump up to 13th on the 32-strong grid.
Sunday’s race day dawned with cold, grey but dry conditions and Adam was eager to make progress on a dry track. His opening race started badly when he was the victim of an ambitious dive by team-mate Tom Oliphant, the resulting contact causing Adam to run off the circuit and plummet down the order. “That was frustrating,” said Adam post-race. “I was running the harder tyre which the regulations state we must run in one race of a weekend and here they were the slower tyres, so Tom would have passed me anyway. I was off the track and in the gravel and thought my weekend was ruined.”
Adam fell to 31st place but mounted a determined comeback that hauled him up to 23rd place by the end of the 16-lap race, out of the points and staring at a lowly grid position for race two. However…
Never give up! Adam’s second race was a hugely important one and it set him up for the third encounter. From 22nd on the grid, Adam stormed up the order, running the faster prime tyre and also devoid of any success ballast. That meant that his Mac Tools-backed Mercedes-Benz A-Class was flying and, in one inspired dive, he bagged fifth place at the Chicane by passing two cars in one move! It was a performance indicative of how The Morganator has developed as a driver as his race-craft netted a gain of 17 places from his starting to finishing positions! Fifth from 22nd was a mighty effort and one that secured valuable championship points for Adam.
Race three had a semi-reversed grid with the top nine finishers from race two being turned upside down, so Adam started fifth on the grid. With some brave driving on the opening lap he charged up into second place exiting the tricky double-apex right-hander of Coppice Corner. At the end of the opening lap, a safety car period bunched up the field leaving Adam on the tail of race leader Ash Sutton ready for the restart. By lap eight, Adam was ahead, diving through on the inside at the Chicane. Behind him was race one winner Josh Cook (Vauxhall Astra) who chased Adam to the very end, the pair split by never more than a few tenths of a second. Adam, however, never put a wheel wrong to secure victory, the fifth different BTCC winner in the opening six races.
“When you get fired off in race one and finish 23rd, you don’t expect a fifth and a win from the weekend!” said Adam post-race. “The car was just fantastic here and I was really determined to get a win and it all gelled. I am so happy for all the Mac Tools with Ciceley Motorsport team because we didn’t get a win last season but we have fought back over the winter. The car feels fantastic and proof of the pace of the Mercedes is that Aiden Moffat in the Laser Tools Racing car, built by Ciceley, took third so for the second time we had two Mercedes-Benz A-Classes on the podium.”
Ciceley Motorsport’s Tom Oliphant enjoyed yet another solid weekend. Tom secured his first top ten finish and his pace in all three races was comparable to the top three drivers. Tom’s intelligent, aggressive and determined driving style is already paying dividends for the Ciceley Motorsport Team and its partner Hexathron engineering headed by the vastly experienced Marco Calovolo, his interpretation of data and his technical input is assisting with the setup of both the Ciceley Motorsport cars. Tom was the third driver home on hard tyres in race 2 and in race 3 a fantastic drive saw him gain 16 places after being caught up in a crash at Craner Curves and having to pit under the safety car.
Ciceley Motorsport’s Commercial Director Norman Burgess said: “What a weekend! You can never predict the BTCC and we have seen that again today. Adam was gutted after race one as he felt his day was over but he knuckled down and fought back like he has never done before. It proves that you just can’t give up because you never know how your day will turn out and to come away from race two with a fifth was astonishing but a win at the end of the day was exceptional. We are very proud to have Adam driving for Mac Tools with Ciceley Motorsport because he gets better all the time. Our many Mac Tools, Fuchs Lubricants, Lunar Caravans and Pallex guests were given the perfect result and we go to Thruxton, a circuit kind to our car, in optimistic mood.”
The result moves Adam up to second in the Drivers’ Championship and also in the Independent Drivers’ standings. Mac Tools with Ciceley Motorsport lies fifth in the BTCC Teams’ Championship and second in the BTCC Independent Teams’ Championship.
The next stop for the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship is at Thruxton, Hampshire, on May 19/20 with qualifying live on itv.com on Saturday May 19 and a full day of race action live and exclusive on ITV4 on Sunday May 20th.
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The British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) was formed in 1958 and is Britain's most popular motor racing spectacle. Its race season comprises ten events at top circuits across the UK. It is contested by professional racing drivers in competition versions of every day road cars, giving it tremendous public appeal. Some 325,000 watch the BTCC trackside each year. It is also receives widespread UK TV exposure on the ITV network with all ten race events broadcast live on ITV4, ITV4 HD and www.itv.com