No.33 Adam Morgan – No.50 Tony Hughes
While Frank Wrathall took the NGTC Avensis to headline grabbing runs to the podium, Hughes and Christian Dick's Speedworks team seemed to struggle with the new car.
While Dynojet were honing their charge, Speedworks were still mired in basic set-up work, all the way into the recent off-season when James Thompson drove the car at Donington Park. That work – and the years' worth of experience with the car – should stand them in good stead with the updated Avensis, though Hughes is still likely to find it tough to break into the top ten.
As Wrathall's successor as the latest Ginetta champion to step into the BTCC, Morgan will doubtless face comparisons, and Wrathall's 2011 season – no matter how assisted by the regulations – is a tough act to follow.
With Morgan starting only his third season racing cars, and his first in front-wheel drive expect a similar pattern to Wrathall's debut season, with a slow start building to regular points challenges. However, on 2012's all turbocharged grid don't expect overall podiums.
Adam Morgan onâ€¦.his expectations for the season.
“I think people are looking, thing 'here's the Supercup champion' what's he going to be like, is he going to be competitive and stuff. I've got to keep an open mind to keep myself realistic about what I'm doing and what my goals are. There's some very experienced drivers out here so hopefully I'll be competitive, but it might take a while to get used to it.”
“Every time I go out in the car I get more experienced, I get more confident. Pace wise hopefully that will come the more I get out in the car. I think the main thing I need to worry about is the racing and how close it is and trying to adapt to that but hopefully I shouldn't be that far away.”