After a 2013 season to remember, Adam Morgan switches his mind to the 2014 British Touring Car Championship campaign, with work on Ciceley Racing’s Mercedes machinery already underway.
Lancashire driver Morgan ended his second season in BTCC a very happy man after finishing seventh in the championship with his Independent family squad, a podium finish at Oulton Park the most substantial highlight from a hearty 2013 campaign.
Morgan’s attentions turn to next season, where he and Ciceley Racing will begin their newest challenge – competing with a pair of NGTC-specification Mercedes A Class machines for their 2014 assault.
The 24-year-old will continue behind the wheel of one of the cars, both already in the construction process of what will be a pair of front-wheel drive machines by the Silver Arrows manufacturer.
“Next year we’re moving to the Mercedes A-Class”, Morgan told TCF at Brands Hatch following his final outing in the Toyota Avensis.
“Work is already underway – we’ve got a bare shell at home which is stripped out and ready to go and get fitted. We have another one which is being sent off and having the bodywork bolted onto it, both of which take about two months to do.
“Once they are ready and we’re back home, then we can start working on them.”
Having enjoyed success in front-wheel drive machinery during his motorsport career thus far, Morgan – who finished third in this year’s Independents Championship – confirmed that the A Class will maintain that layout next season, the decision also taking into account the current title success of front-wheel drive NGTC machinery.
“It’s front-wheel drive”, confirmed Morgan. “We had the option to go with rear-wheel drive and even four-wheel drive, but seen as I’ve had two years experience with front-wheel drive – plus the fact that front-wheel drive cars are winning the championship and still at the front – we decided to go with that.
“I can’t wait. I’m like a kid in a sweet shop!”