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Eventful weekend for Morgan
7:17am Thursday 19th September 2013 in Sport
WHALLEY’S Adam Morgan is holding on to seventh place in the British Touring Car Championship driver standings – and third place in the Independents Trophy – following a challenging weekend of thrills and spills at Rockingham.
The Ribble Valley driver was denied a top 10 finish for the first time this season, despite another committed performance.
Indeed, the squad endured their most challenging session of the season with Morgan’s Toyota Avensis only 16th fastest.
“We made some adjustments to the car after the second free practice but it didn’t work out,” said Morgan.
Starting the race mid-grid it was always going to be tough and Morgan ran into fresh trouble after rival Will Bratt’s car spun in front of him and they collided.
“It was a real shame because the car felt racy and full of life for the first half a lap,” added the Lancs rally ace.
The damage was quickly repaired by the Ciceley Crew, though, and Morgan was able to make the start of race two, albeit from a challenging 25th position on the grid.
Making rapid progress he netted 11th place, proving a terrific effort in the circumstances.
“I was a bit cautious at the start with it being a bit damp – I could have pushed a bit harder but I didn’t want to risk doing any more damage,” he said.
“Once I got a bit of temperature into the rear tyres I was able to push and I was pretty quick.”
Morgan’s hopes of improving – and securing a top 10 berth in the Rockingham finale – took an early dent when he was forced off the track.
Fortunately, Morgan was able to get going again, although with many places lost.
But just as in race two, Morgan dug deep again, clawing his way back to ensure 11th place and salvage precious points.
“It was frustrating because we had the pace to be at the front – at least I got some overtaking practice,” said Morgan.
“It was our worst weekend of the year in terms of winning points.”
Morgan returns to action in the next round of the British Touring Car Championships at Silverstone on Sunday week.
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