Adam Morgan said that conserving tyres was more difficult than expected after winning the opening Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship race from Thruxton.
The Ciceley Motorsport man became the first double winner of 2016 after a fighting drive through the field from sixth on the grid, taking a lead on lap five from Matt Neal that he would ultimately never lose.
The result moves Morgan to within 12 points of the championship lead, Neal one of numerous drivers to suffer punctures including an incident of his own that lead to the race being red flagged.
Speaking to The Checkered Flag afterwards, Morgan said: “It all kicked off at turn one, so straight from the off I got myself in the right place at the right time for most of it.
“The thing was, everybody seemed to be conserving the tyres, but so were we. We were really pushing the cars hard and taking loads of time out of them around the back, then I found myself in the lead.
“Matt [Neal] defended really heavily which allowed me to get up the road. From then on it was case of getting regular updates from my Dad of what the gap was, how I should drive and how to keep that gap the same.”
Morgan admitted that his own Dunlop rubber was suffering late in the 16-lapper in the soaring temperatures in Hampshire, indicating that it will play a big part in the remaining two races.
“The front left was definitely suffering – it’s hard work. I feel sorry for Aiden [Moffat] that he didn’t make it, but I’ll take that P1!
“It was difficult for the first couple laps. Matt gave me a tough time getting past him, but then it all about getting the head down and saying, “let’s go”.
“It’s really hot today and, the fact that the RML components definitely work the car harder makes it much more of a tyre management race rather than an out-and-out performance race.”
Ahead of race two, Morgan said: “We’ve got 75kg for race two so now we’ve got to really put our heads together and come up with a solution to make it last.
“It’s going to be difficult, but I just need to get myself around, not into any battling and get home. We’ll see how we get on.”