James Turkington takes title as Adam Morgan and Henry Neal win

James Turkington takes title as Adam Morgan and Henry Neal win

James Turkington
Photo: TCR UK

James Turkington was crowned as the second-ever TCR UK champion, as Adam Morgan and Henry Neal claimed victories in the combined Touring Car Trophy and TCR UK races at Donington Park.

Race one

Pole-sitter Henry Neal got a good start to lead, ahead of fellow front-row starter Darelle Wilson, as Adam Morgan held station in third in his CUPRA.

Kent, however, tangled with Will Neal’s Honda heading up to Schwantz Curve further around the lap, sending both cars skating over the grass and dropping the TCR UK title contender to 10th.

The racing would be relatively short-lived, as the safety car was called upon when Stewart Lines’ Vauxhall Astra was spun off into the gravel by Paul Taylor on the exit of Turn 1, neutralising the race for two laps.

Will Neal then went off under the safety car on lap two whilst trying to catch the pack, further delaying the restart, whilst Kent peeled into the pits to get the radiator on his i30 N TCR cleared of the grass from his earlier excursion.

Racing resumed on lap five, with Wilson keeping the pressure on Henry Neal at the front, before the Vauxhall TCR driver was handed a drive-through penalty for creeping at the start.

Wilson then tagged the back of Neal on lap seven just half a lap after he was served notice of his penalty, spinning the Honda between McLeans and Coppice.

With Wilson then immediately serving his penalty, Adam Morgan led the race ahead of fellow TCR UK runner Alex Morgan in his Renault.

The duo would remain that way until the chequered flag, whilst Kent took third after hauling his way back up the order in the latter half of the race, having been up to fifth, immediately behind title rival Turkington, by lap nine.

Lap 11 saw Kent crucially haul himself past Turkington for fourth, with Darren Lewis also getting past Turkington on the same lap in his TCT Volkswagen CC.

Team HARD’s Josh Coggan had been running in third for much of the final part of the race, but the VW CC driver dropped to fifth after running wide at Coppice just three laps from the end, before going off again on the following lap at McLeans.

Henry Neal continued running and was sixth, ahead of the recovering Wilson in seventh and Turkington in eighth, the Northern Irishman fading in the latter stages of the race.

Richard Woods brought his HSG Sport Ford Focus S2000 home in ninth, whilst the top ten was completed by Fox Motorsport’s Nick Halstead.

Race two

With the race two grid defined by the finishing order of race one, Adam Morgan started from pole position with Alex Morgan alongside. In the TCR UK title battle Kent had the advantage from third on the grid, with Turkington facing the prospect of fighting through from seventh to close down the 11 point gap, albeit just one class position behind Kent in the starting order.

At the start the two Morgans diced for the lead, with Adam prevailing ahead of Alex, whilst Kent followed closely in third.

Team Dynaics’ Will Neal was the biggest mover, up from sixth on the grid to fourth, with the Honda TCT driver setting about closing down the leading TCR trio.

By the start of lap two, Henry Neal was on the tail of Kent and he passed the Hyundai into Turn 1, before passing Alex Morgan for second on lap five at the same turn.

By the end of the lap Neal had taken Adam Morgan for the lead, with Kent keeping the pressure on Alex Morgan’s Renault for third just a few seconds further back.

Lap ten saw Kent briefly take third from Alex Morgan at the Old Hairpin, but Kent ran wide and immediately lost the position. Knowing that he needed to finish ahead of both of the TCR-class cars ahead of him, Kent kept pushing and on lap 13 passed Morgan for third overall at Turn 1.

Kent closed the gap to Adam Morgan but ran out of laps and finished in third, with Henry Neal winning the race outright.

Alex Morgan was an impressive fourth in his Renault, ahead of Darelle Wilson, who had been given a grid penalty after race one, in fifth and the NGTC Honda of Will Neal in sixth.

As Turkington took the flag in seventh, but fifth in class, it proved to be enough to give him the title by just three points.

Race one result

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME BEST GD
1 33 Adam MORGAN Ciceley Motorsport CUPRA TCR 17 25:07.076 1:14.264 3
2 5 Alex MORGAN Wolf Power Racing Renault Mégane RS TCR 17 1.644 1:14.133 6
3 38 Lewis KENT Essex & Kent Motorsport Hyundai i30 N TCR 17 11.089 1:13.941 4
4 285 Darren LEWIS Team HARD. Volkswagen CC 17 13.436 1:13.510 9
5 12 Josh COGGAN Team HARD. Volkswagen CC 17 20.975 1:13.910 11
6 42 Henry NEAL Team Dynamics Honda Civic Type-R 17 24.667 1:14.713 1
7 50 Darelle WILSON DW Racing Vauxhall Astra TCR 17 25.110 1:14.327 2
8 61 James TURKINGTON Ciceley Motorsport CUPRA TCR 17 25.316 1:15.585 7
9 4 Richard WOODS HSG Sport Ford Focus 17 33.252 1:16.333 13
10 40 Nick HALSTEAD Fox Motorsport Honda Civic Type-R FK2 TCR 17 51.505 1:18.598 5
11 95 Stewart LINES Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 15 + 2 LAPS 1:19.046 12
12 25 Will NEAL Team Dynamics Honda Civic Type-R FK8 15 + 2 LAPS 1:16.838 8
DQ 1 Paul TAYLOR Team HARD. Volkswagen CC 17 56.194 1:16.501 10

Race two result

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME BEST GD
1 42 Henry NEAL Team Dynamics Honda Civic Type-R 21 25:11.390 1:10.949 6
2 33 Adam MORGAN Ciceley Motorsport CUPRA TCR 21 7.464 1:11.551 1
3 38 Lewis KENT Essex & Kent Motorsport Hyundai i30 N TCR 21 8.289 1:11.356 3
4 5 Alex MORGAN Wolf Power Racing Renault Mégane RS TCR 21 13.286 1:11.859 2
5 50 Darelle WILSON DW Racing Vauxhall Astra TCR 21 13.575 1:11.384 11
6 25 Will NEAL Team Dynamics Honda Civic Type-R FK8 21 17.844 1:10.330 12
7 61 James TURKINGTON Ciceley Motorsport CUPRA TCR 21 22.319 1:11.522 7
8 12 Josh COGGAN Team HARD. Volkswagen CC 21 22.754 1:11.853 5
9 285 Darren LEWIS Team HARD. Volkswagen CC 21 23.632 1:11.508 4
10 40 Nick HALSTEAD Fox Motorsport Honda Civic Type-R FK2 TCR 21 30.357 1:11.553 9
11 1 Paul TAYLOR Team HARD. Volkswagen CC 21 35.240 1:12.188 13
12 95 Stewart LINES Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 21 51.685 1:12.118 10
13 4 Richard WOODS HSG Sport Ford Focus 16 + 5 LAPS 1:13.441 8