Adam Morgan admitted it was satisfying to become the first double winner of the 2016 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship season after the WIX Racing driver claimed the spoils in a chaotic opening race at Thruxton.
Morgan, who started sixth, claimed the lead at roughly a third distance and set about establishing a strong advantage at the front.
Behind him, a puncture for Matt Neal led to an incident on the main straight and with several cars stranded on circuit the red flags flew after eleven tours of the 2.4 mile circuit, with Morgan declared the winner ahead of Tom Ingram and Andrew Jordan.
Morgan shared his views on a frenetic encounter and was grateful for being in the right places at the right times as he navigated some closely-fought encounters to break free at the front.
“That was nuts,” exclaimed Morgan.
“It all kicked off going into the Complex on lap one, but I managed to put my car in the right place at the right time and miss most of it, which moved me up to third.
“Tyre conservation was clearly key, but without really pushing the car that hard, I seemed to be taking loads of time out of Matt [Neal] and Josh [Cook] ahead.
“Matt gave me a tough time trying to get past for the lead, but once I was through it was a case of getting my head down and with Matt defending so heavily from the rest, I was able to escape up the road. First double winner of 2016 – yep, we’ll take that!”
The second race of the afternoon, which will run to an amended distance of 12 laps due to the heat conditions affecting tyre wear, gets underway at 14:32.