RIBCHESTER’S Adam Morgan was at Brands Hatch yesterday for his first full test ahead of his debut season in the British Touring Car Championship.
Morgan graduates to the UK’s premier sports car series this season as a reward for winning the Michelin Ginetta GT Supercup last term.
The 23-year-old was at Donington Park on Friday, receiving tuition to adapt to a front wheel drive car after using a rear wheel drive in 2011.
And he followed that up with his first full test day in Speedworks’ Toyota Avensis yesterday, with James Thompson acting as his mentor at Kent circuit Brands Hatch.
Thompson won the British Touring Car Championship in both 2002 and 2004.
“I can’t wait to get started,” Morgan said about the new season.
“I have no illusions that it is going to be difficult for me in my first season as I’m very inexper-ienced compared with the other drivers out there.
“But I want to give it everything.”
Morgan’s entry into the BTCC comes as part of a £200,000-plus prize pot offered by Ginetta Racing Cars.
The Leeds-based sports car manufacturer chose to collaborate with Speedworks, who have a workshop in Stockport, after the newcomers impressed during a highly competitive tender process.
“It’s the biggest prize in British motorsport,” Morgan said. “This is a huge chance and I still don’t think it has quite sunk in. I’m over the moon to be here.
“It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity that has been handed to me.”
On Morgan’s link-up with Thompson, Speedworks team boss Christian Dick said: “The advice he can offer the team and also Adam in terms of application both in and out of the car is invaluable.”
The season starts at Brands Hatch on April 1.