Morgan Feels Podiums Are Coming For Mercedes

by Dan Mason

WIX Racing‘s Adam Morgan was full of praise for his team’s new Mercedes A-Class after the first half of the 2014 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship season, his fifth place at Croft last time out proving the car’s best result of the current campaign.

Morgan had qualified eighth on the grid at the North Yorkshire circuit for the fifth meeting of the 2014 BTCC season, but was forced to fight through the pack following a race one skirmish on lap one to an eventual top-five position in the 15th race of the season later that Sunday.

The Mercedes driver felt that he was behind the wheel of a podium-contending machine all weekend at Croft, and said that confidence is now at a personal high heading into the second half of the season.

“It was good to collect some points again”, said Morgan after the weekend. “The car was hooked up perfectly this weekend, we have collected lots of damage, the Ciceley Motorsport mechanics have been amazing.

“The Team has implemented some major changes to the car and it is rapid. I felt that at least a second-row start was on the cards but racing is racing sometimes you get the rub of the green and sometimes you don’t. The WIX Racing A Class Mercedes is mega, has brilliant handling and pace.

“The WIX Racing car was just so drivable, we had decent pace from free practice 1, I can feel the car coming to me at last, the improvements made by the team are immediately measurable and their effects have been perfect.

“We are at the half point of the season and my confidence is at an all time high and the last five rounds can’t come soon enough for me”

Photo: Kingsley Newman (Kan Photography)

Photo: Kingsley Newman (Kan Photography)

The weekend for the former Ginetta GT Supercup champion was dented severely in race one as, after making a strong start, he was tagged by the West Surrey Racing BMW 125i of Nick Foster heading through the chicane.

The subsequent impact from rivals behind he sustained ruled him out of the race, Morgan adding: “Nick came and apologised for the incident after the race; he was hit from behind and unfortunately sent me into a high speed spin.”

The recovery drive that followed saw the repaired Mercedes A-Class climb through the field in the hands of the determined Morgan, who narrowly missed out on the reverse-grid pole position with 11th place.

Morgan fought further through the pack to fifth place in race three, grabbing the final spot from Jack Goff on the rush to the line for the final time. Morgan added: “I knew full well that the team had given me a podium position car, the WIX Racing Mercedes was incredible.”

Morgan lies 12th in the overall championship standings after 15 races, and a mere four points from the top 10 as the series next heads to Snetterton on 2/3 August.

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