WIX Racing‘s Adam Morgan told TCF that a push at the Independents’ crown is his main goal with Mercedes in the 2016 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship.
A consistent top-10 runner throughout the 2015 season, Morgan claimed a second race victory in as many years for the Mercedes A-Class after success at Thruxton came alongside a further six podiums.
Seventh place in the Drivers’ Championship was the Ciceley Racing man’s reward, the 2011 Ginetta GT Supercup champion remaining with the German marque ahead of his fifth BTCC campaign.
When asked by TCF if he enters 2016 in a more prepared state than fellow rivals, Morgan admitted: “Yes it is a good feeling. It’s nice having that sort of security and knowledge knowing that you have got the backing there already.
“When done sooner rather than later, you can start planning your testing and all kinds of other stuff early. Hopefully – if the weather stays good – we can hit the ground running.”
While adding to his two victories is one to tick off his to-do list in 2016, Morgan cast his aim towards a push at the Independents’ title for the coming campaign.
He stated: “2015 was really good for us. We were getting some podiums and some race wins, so for us now the goal ultimately has to be the Independents’ Championship.
“We’ll try. That’s our aim now and to be somewhere high overall in the championship would be brilliant.”
One of the biggest tasks for many teams in the winter season has proved to be the switch to RML specification components, something which Morgan says Ciceley have already tried and tested prior to Christmas.
“It’s a big change for everybody”, said Morgan on the new specification pieces. “There’s quite a big difference with RML components so it’s all about getting them to fit and how they work. We had a shakedown as well before Christmas with them and it went well. Hopefully we’ll keep that form going and we’ll be alright with them.”
Morgan’s performances in the still young stages of his touring car career have seen him make the headlines as one of the championship’s potential future title contenders, alongside many youthful stars such as Tom Ingram and Josh Cook who have also reached the podium in a short space of time.
“There’s a good bunch now coming through”, Morgan said on the increasing raft of young talent coming through in BTCC, although he also warned of the class shown by the championship’s most experienced hands.
“Like you say, the old hands that have been there and done it are still here. They’re still very, very quick and still very experienced – therefore they’re still very hard to beat.
“But, there’s seven or eight of us that everyone keeps calling ‘the young guns’. We’re all fighting it out for the next spot.”