Adam Morgan said victory in the third British Touring Car Championship race at Thruxton was an ‘amazing feeling’, having secured a second win in the series.
The 26 year-old dominated the final race of the day at the Hampshire circuit, leading from lights-to-flag despite the intervention of a safety car.
The win was Morgan’s first victory on the road in the championship, with his previous win at Brands Hatch last season coming after a post-race penalty for Jason Plato, while the result also capped his best weekend in the championship, having also secured third- and eighth-placed finishes.
Speaking to TouringCars.Net after the race, Morgan was delighted with the result and praised his WIX Racing team for their work in preparing the car.
“It’s incredible,” admitted Morgan. “I’ve never had a lights-to-flag victory but the car was just absolutely on rails.
“The lads at WIX [Racing] have done a brilliant job and given me a brilliant car so I was just able to get the start that I needed and pull away a little bit. The safety car messed that up but then again the car was underneath me straight from the off.
“It’s nice – that’s [thanks to] my engineer Paul. He is brilliant, in my opinion he’s the best in the paddock. We get on really well and what I tell him about the car, he can see in the data. We work off each other and through it we’ve been able to develop the Mercedes into a race-winning car.
“I got a gap again and was able to manage that as well. It’s an amazing feeling and I just need to say thank you to everyone at Ciceley and WIX.”
The race three safety car had wiped out a lead of more than three seconds for the Lancastrian, but Morgan insisted that he had remained confident of victory, given that he had been able to pull away in the opening stages of the race.
“It was a little bit gutting because we had a three second gap,” he said. “But I wasn’t too worried – the only thing I was thinking about really was getting a break on them again because I knew I had the confidence in the car to get away.
“As soon as we got going again I got my head down again [and] put in a quick lap. I got the gap that I needed and brought the car home.”
Pole position for Morgan came after an eighth-place finish in race two, and while the result had been a slight disappointment at first, Morgan was grateful to have brought the car home given the dividends that the result eventually paid.
“It was an unfortunate accident with Andy in the first one; he’s got rear-wheel drive so he got a better start than me.
“I think it was me, him and Gordon into Turn 1 – I ran out of room a bit on the inside, used the kerb – which I didn’t want to do because around here it’s a bit of a ‘no no’ – bounced back across and hit Andy.
“Unfortunately it goes down as a racing incident [as] there’s nothing either of us could have done, but because of that result we got the reverse grid so it worked in our favour a bit.”
And with a second win secured, Morgan took the opportunity to praise the efforts of his team for a second time, with the family-run nature adding to the sweetness of his success.
“It’s the best weekend I’ve ever had in touring cars by a mile, but it’s not just for me, it’s for everyone,” he insisted. “We’re a close-knit, family run team – we’re all friends and everyone gets on so well and it makes it that bit sweeter when I can see everyone is so emotional and everyone loves it as much as I do.”