Adam Morgan hailed the progress made in arguably his best weekend of the 2014 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship season last weekend at Snetterton, now targeting podiums for the team’s Mercedes A-Class which he confidently says is now on front-running terms.
The Ciceley Racing man fought towards the head of the field all weekend, qualifying eighth on the grid before charging through the pack in Sunday’s opening race to an eventual fourth place, behind the works Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Tourer of Matt Neal.
Morgan pleased onlookers with a fine opportunistic double overtake on the BMR Racing Volkswagen CCs of both Alain Menu and Aron Smith at the Montreal Hairpin during that race, sealing a personal best finish of the 2014 season which he backed up by collecting fifth place in race two of the day.
The Mercedes driver was also in the thick of a more feisty third race later that afternoon, briefly lying fourth before championship leader Colin Turkington edged him down the order at Agostini hairpin, as the BMW driver fought to recover from an incident with Matt Neal at mid-distance.
Morgan dropped to eighth by the flag. but was happy with his weekend’s work, and told The Checkered Flag afterwards that the trio of top-eight results is testament to the development of the Mercedes on the marque’s return to the BTCC.
“It’s been a really good weekend”, Morgan told TCF. “To come away with fourth, fifth and an eighth is pretty good – I’m over the moon with that.
“It’s a really good points haul for the championship, and it just shows how much the car has been moving forward as the year keeps going on.
“It is a good car and it’s getting better. we’re working hard behind the scenes and doing a lot of development work to the car. The lads are flat out, and this is all down to them.”
The results make up for a bittersweet weekend at Croft back in June, when a race one incident on the opening lap left the Mercedes driver playing catch-up for the remainder of the North Yorkshire meeting. Morgan was adamant that the pace shown that weekend was a strong omen for the remainder of the season, and says that the car is now capable of earning him a podium visit.
“Croft was frustrating, but when we started from 29th in race two, to come through from that is a testament to how good the car is”, Morgan added.
“We know we’ve got the pace now, so we’re close to getting the results we want from it. Fingers crossed, and I’ll try my best to reach the podium.”
Morgan moved to 10th place in the overall championship standings after a healthy Snetterton points haul, as the BTCC field next heads off to Knockhill in Fife on 23/24 August.