Despite missing out on his first Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship pole position, Adam Morgan described his Snetterton qualifying as his best yet.
The Ciceley Racing driver narrowly missed out on pole position by a slender 0.028s in qualifying, Gordon Shedden starting tomorrow’s opening race from pole position ahead of Colin Turkington and Morgan’s Mercedes.
Speaking to The Checkered Flag after qualifying, Morgan said: “The last two rounds have been pretty poor, so we wanted to get back up the sharp end where we should be and make those points up.
“My dad came on the radio and said ‘you need a 1m55.6s lap’. I could see it on my dash and thought I’d got it, but then I heard I was still P3. It’s so close though and our best qualifying yet.”
The Mercedes A-Class driver was a consistent front-runner throughout Saturday’s timed action at the 300 circuit, and said that the recent Dunlop tyre tests at the same track had helped his cause.
“It’s always good to come here for that two-day tyre test. It’s a massive benefit and now the car is absolutely brilliant to drive. It’s still forgiving enough to let me push hard too.
“I’m one for the smooth style”, Morgan added on a day that saw drivers visibly testing their limits. “The nature of this circuit; you tend to jump on the brakes really hard so, if you haven’t got the balance right from front-to-rear, you end up locking the rears.
“I kind of Scandinavian flicked it through some of the corners, which looks slow but certainly looks cool for the TV! You have to be on the ragged edge sometimes.”
Lying 58 points adrift of championship leader, Sam Tordoff, Morgan sees Snetterton as an opportunity to pull himself back towards the title fight from his current 10th position.
“I just need to get off the line in P3 and stay out of trouble really. Overall, we’re looking for three good finishes.”