Toyota have revealed the livery of the NGTC-spec Avensis that British Touring Car debutant Adam Morgan will drive during the 2012 season.
Morgan, 23, won a fully-funded place on the BTCC grid after clinching the G55 class of the Ginetta GT Supercup in 2011. The prize, valued at over £200,000 is the biggest ever given in British national motorsport.
“This is a huge chance and I still don't think it has quite sunk in that I have won the biggest prize in British motorsport,” said Morgan. “I am over the moon to be here; it's a once in a lifetime opportunity that has been handed to me.”
Morgan's 2012 ride is currently being built by the Stockport based Speedworks Motorsport team he will contest the season with, but he has already had the chance to sample front-wheel drive power after driving the Dynojet Avensis of Frank Wrathall at the end of last year.
“It took a bit of getting used to,” said Morgan about the experience “but I got to grips with it quite well and upped my pace. I have no illusions that it is going to be difficult for me in the BTCC – I am very inexperienced compared with the other drivers out there – but I want to give it everything.”
Morgan will continue testing and training (including completing a triathlon) ahead of his maiden year in BTCC, driving the Avensis of his Speedworks teammate Tony Hughes, who will continue with the team as it expands to a two car entry.
“We are very excited that Adam is joining us for 2012 alongside Tony,” said Speedworks team principal Christian Dick. “As well as being a very likeable young man he has proven himself to be a very quick, competent driver. He has a very bright future.”
Morgan's BTCC career will begin with first round the 2012 championship on April 1 at Brands Hatch.