Adam Morgan takes fifth BTCC win in race three at Donington Park

Adam Morgan takes fifth BTCC win in race three at Donington Park

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Ciceley Motorsport’s Adam Morgan withstood late-race pressure from Josh Cook’s Vauxhaull Astra to emerge victorious in race three of the British Touring Car Championship at Donington Park.

Morgan started the reverse-grid race from the third row of the grid, and made steady progress before an early safety car, and then made the move on reigning champion Ash Sutton at Goddards.

He looked in control of the race until the final few laps, when race one winner Josh Cook closed in and applied pressure to Morgan’s Mercedes-Benz A-Class.

Rounding out the podium was Aiden Moffat, who enjoyed a weight-free run through from 15th to third.

Reverse-grid polesitter Rory Butcher defended initally at the start of the race, before chaos erupted behind him at the Craner Curves.

Motorbase Performance stablemates James Cole and Sam Tordoff made contact, spearing Tordoff across the circuit and setting off a chain reaction of incidents behind.

Immediate retirements from the opening lap melee were Josh Price, Stephen Jelly, Tordoff and Cole, before Brett Smith also went off at Coppice later in the lap.

West Surrey Racing enjoyed a far more competitive showing in the final race of the day, with Rob Collard finishing fourth ahead of 2013 BTCC champion Andrew Jordan.

Defending champion Ash Sutton led after the safety car restart, but failed to stay out front, eventually dropping to sixth position.

Two-time BTCC champion Matt Neal once again made good progress, as he did in race one, finishing seventh after starting 16th.

Next was championship leader and race two winner Tom Ingram, who held on for eighth position.

Salvaging some consolation for Motorbase Performance was Tom Chilton in ninth position, with Jake Hill completing the top ten, winning the Jack Sears Trophy after making up 13 positions.

Race result

POS NO CL DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME BEST GD
1 33 Adam MORGAN MAC Tools with Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 19 27:15.756 1:10.265 5
2 66 M Josh COOK Power Maxed TAG Racing Vauxhall Astra 19 0.368 1:10.713 3
3 16 Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Mercedes-Benz A-Class 19 9.500 1:10.794 15
4 5 M Rob COLLARD Team BMW BMW 125i M Sport 19 10.023 1:10.673 13
5 77 M Andrew JORDAN BMW Pirtek Racing BMW 125i M Sport 19 10.266 1:11.210 18
6 1 M Ashley SUTTON Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 19 11.831 1:10.639 2
7 25 M Matt NEAL Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 19 12.109 1:10.876 16
8 80 Tom INGRAM Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Avensis 19 12.577 1:10.924 9
9 3 Tom CHILTON Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 19 14.932 1:10.947 10
10 24 Jake HILL Trade Price Cars with Brisky Racing Volkswagen CC 19 15.147 1:11.037 23
11 11 Rob AUSTIN DUO Motorsport with HMS Racing Alfa Romeo Giulietta 19 18.694 1:11.131 21
12 14 James NASH BTC Norlin Racing Honda Civic Type R 19 19.046 1:11.446 32
13 6 Rory BUTCHER AmD with AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Racing MG 6 19 19.513 1:11.156 1
14 303 Matt SIMPSON Simpson Racing Honda Civic Type R 19 22.747 1:10.849 25
15 21 Mike BUSHELL Trade Price Cars with Brisky Racing Volkswagen CC 19 24.411 1:11.434 28
16 48 Ollie JACKSON AmD with Cobra Exhausts Audi S3 19 25.453 1:11.039 29
17 60 Stephen JELLEY Team Parker Racing BMW 125i M Sport 19 25.647 1:11.741 19
18 99 M Jason PLATO Adrian Flux Subaru Racing Subaru Levorg GT 19 27.450 1:11.558 20
19 44 Michael CAINE Team HARD. with Trade Price Cars Volkswagen CC 19 28.110 1:11.378 27
20 19 Bobby THOMPSON Team HARD. with Trade Price Cars Volkswagen CC 19 28.497 1:11.385 24
21 2 M Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 125i M Sport 19 29.002 1:11.249 31
22 15 Tom OLIPHANT Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class 19 38.524 1:10.930 12
23 31 Jack GOFF WIX Racing with Eurotech Honda Civic Type R 19 42.987 1:11.681 7
24 23 Sam SMELT AmD with Cobra Exhausts Audi S3 19 55.817 1:10.944 30
NC 22 Chris SMILEY BTC Norlin Racing Honda Civic Type R 15 NCF 1:10.935 8
R 27 M Dan CAMMISH Halfords Yuasa Racing Honda Civic Type R 11 DNF 1:11.349 6
R 12 Tom BOARDMAN AmD with AutoAid / RCIB Insurance Racing MG 6 10 DNF N/A 17
R 18 M Senna PROCTOR Power Maxed TAG Racing Vauxhall Astra 1 DNF N/A 22
R 20 James COLE Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher Ford Focus RS 0 DNF N/A 4
R 600 Sam TORDOFF Team GardX Racing with Motorbase Ford Focus RS 0 DNF N/A 11
R 39 Brett SMITH WIX Racing with Eurotech Honda Civic Type R 0 DNF N/A 14
R 28 Josh PRICE Autoglym Academy Racing Subaru Levorg GT 0 DNF N/A 26