Adam Morgan won the final British Touring Car Championship race of the day at Thruxton, ahead of the MG of Andrew Jordan and West Surrey Racing’s Sam Tordoff.
Morgan claimed a second win in the championship in impressive fashion, leading the reverse grid race from the start and managing a safety car period to win by 1.452s from Jordan.
The Ciceley Motorsport driver got a decent enough start away from the grid, showing Jordan the outside line before holding station through the first few corners.
Morgan grew his lead over the first few laps and had moved 2.097s clear by lap four, with most on their best behaviour with little change throughout the competitive order.
But a safety car on lap eight to recover Warren Scott’s stricken Volkswagen CC eroded what had become an even more comfortable lead for the Lancastrian, as the field bunched behind him.
If there were any doubts about his credentials, Morgan quickly put them to bed when the race restarted on lap 12 as he shot off into the distance once again, as Aron Smith and Matt Neal – the latter having started in 25th – passed Rob Collard to move into the top ten.
Morgan remained unchallenged to the flag, to secure a first win on the road in the championship, after his last win came following a post-race penalty for Jason Plato at Brands Hatch last season.
After a trying weekend, second place nevertheless marked a positive end for Jordan, while Tordoff kept his cool to claim a first podium of the season.
Colin Turkington finished fourth in his Volkswagen CC, ahead of Gordon Shedden and Neal, who made a late pass on Plato through Church.
Race two winner Plato came through to finish in seventh, with team-mate Aron Smith following him home. Josh Cook secured another top ten finish in his Power Maxed Racing Chevrolet Cruze, while Tom Ingram rounded out the top ten.
Points scoring result
|1||33||Adam MORGAN||WIX Racing||Mercedes Benz A-Class||19||27:13.160||1:17.366||1|
|2||77||M||Andrew JORDAN||MG 888 Racing||MG 6GT||19||1.452||1:17.962||2|
|3||7||C||Sam TORDOFF||Team JCT600 with GardX||BMW 125i M Sport||19||2.641||1:17.912||3|
|4||1||Colin TURKINGTON||Team BMR||Volkswagen CC||19||3.131||1:18.097||4|
|5||52||M||Gordon SHEDDEN||Honda Yuasa Racing||Honda Civic Type R||19||4.531||1:18.161||6|
|6||25||M||Matt NEAL||Honda Yuasa Racing||Honda Civic Type R||19||5.61||1:18.045||25|
|7||99||Jason PLATO||Team BMR||Volkswagen CC||19||7.734||1:18.104||8|
|8||40||Árón SMITH||Team BMR||Volkswagen CC||19||7.944||1:18.490||11|
|9||66||Josh COOK||Power Maxed Racing||Chevrolet Cruze||19||8.188||1:18.113||18|
|10||80||Tom INGRAM||Speedworks Motorsport||Toyota Avensis||19||8.523||1:18.700||23|
|11||31||M||Jack GOFF||MG 888 Racing||MG 6GT||19||11.683||1:18.291||5|
|12||17||Dave NEWSHAM||Power Maxed Racing||Chevrolet Cruze||19||15.279||1:18.410||12|
|13||111||C||Andy PRIAULX||Team IHG Rewards Club||BMW 125i M Sport||19||15.735||1:19.034||24|
|14||6||C||Rob COLLARD||Team JCT600 with GardX||BMW 125i M Sport||19||16.022||1:18.757||7|
|15||30||Martin DEPPER||Eurotech Racing||Honda Civic||19||19.165||1:18.633||13|