Adam Morgan‘s strong start to his second British Touring Car Championship season was rewarded at Oulton Park last weekend as he and his Ciceley Racing Independent squad claimed their first podium finish.
The 24-year-old ran comfortably within the top 10 throughout the weekend in Cheshire, wrapping up a ninth and a seventh place finish in the opening two races before challenging for a possible maiden victory in the action-packed reverse-grid final encounter on Sunday afternoon.
Morgan fought his way up to second place and ran right on the rear bumper of erstwhile leader Jeff Smith, but soon found himself battling over third spot with former three-time series champion Matt Neal, Morgan fending off the championship leader to take his place on a touring car podium for the first time in his still-young BTCC career.
Morgan, who now lies seventh in the championship and second in the Independents championship standings – 41 points behind Andrew Jordan – having scored points in each of the season’s 12 races, was delighted with his latest achievement, saying: “It’s fantastic to get a podium finish, especially at a circuit that has been a bit of a bogey one for us in the past.
“I have to give massive thanks to the guys in the Ciceley Racing team and to all our sponsors for their support, as I wouldn’t be here without them. It is fantastic for me to be able to race side-by-side with people like Colin Turkington and Matt Neal – and it was a great feeling to hold off Matt at the end when my tyres were shot. We’d gone with an aggressive set-up and I knew we had to push early on to get ahead.
“We made quite a big change to the car after race one and the tyres definitely lasted a lot longer”, said the former Ginetta GT Supercup champion after race two. “In the first race we suffered massively with the tyres going off, but for race two the changes worked. I was very evenly paced with Newsham and we had a good race. It’s another good finish and more useful points.”