Adam Morgan wins sedate reverse-grid race at Brands Hatch

Reverse-grid pole-sitter Adam Morgan won the final British Touring Car Championship race of the weekend at Brands Hatch, which saw drivers struggle to make progress around the short circuit.

After the top 12 were reversed from the race two result, Ciceley Motorsport’s Morgan found himself on pole. The BMW driver made a decent start and led for the duration of the race to claim his first victory in his new machinery.

Team HARD’s Jack Goff claimed second, having battled with the Laser Tools Racing Infiniti of Aiden Moffat throughout the race. Moffat had passed the CUPRA driver for second on lap three, but Goff re-claimed the position seven laps later and held the Infiniti at bay thereafter.

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Moffat himself was lucky to hold on to the final podium position, with PMR’s Jason Plato giving him a run to the line – and Moffat only prevailing by 0.012 seconds.

Plato therefore had to settle for fourth, ahead of the BTC Racing Honda of Josh Cook in fifth, with Cook making more progress than most in the race from eighth on the grid.

Senna Proctor ran in fifth for much of the race but gave way to his title challenging team-mate on the final lap and was sixth, ahead of the leading Toyota of Rory Butcher in seventh, the Speedworks driver making up an impressive seven places in the race to crack the top ten for the first time all weekend.

Ash Sutton was eighth in his Infiniti, enough to see him re-take the points lead by three points, with PMR’s Dan Lloyd and Excelr8 Motorsport’s Chris Smiley completing the top ten.

Team Dynamics’ Dan Rowbottom was 11th, with Ingram himself coming home in 12th, unable to progress with 75 kg of ballast on board his Hyundai.

MB Motorsport’s Jake Hill came through from the back of the grid to take 13th, ahead of Team BMW’s Colin Turkington in 14th – the Northern Irishman only claiming two points in his worst weekend in the championship in recent memory.

Tom Oliphant dropped back from 13th at the end of the race to take the chequered flag in 15th and claim the final point.

The only retirement of the race was MB Motorsport’s Ollie Jackson, whose bonnet came open when he was battling for the final points position.

Sutton leads the standings after Brands Hatch with 116 points, ahead of Ingram with 113, cook with 90, Turkington with 77 and Hill with 73.

Race result

POS NO CL NAT DRIVER ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP GD
1 33 I Adam MORGAN Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport BMW 330i M Sport 24 19:57.584 49.260 1
2 31 I Jack GOFF Team HARD. with Autobrite Direct CUPRA Leon 24 1.541 49.026 2
3 16 I Aiden MOFFAT Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 24 3.807 49.319 4
4 11 I Jason PLATO Adrian Flux with Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 24 3.819 49.143 5
5 66 I Josh COOK BTC Racing Honda Civic Type-R 24 4.448 49.156 8
6 18 I Senna PROCTOR BTC Racing Honda Civic Type-R 24 4.874 49.101 3
7 6 M Rory BUTCHER Toyota Gazoo Racing UK Toyota Corolla GR Sport 24 5.343 48.955 14
8 1 I Ashley SUTTON Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 24 6.011 49.136 11
9 123 I Daniel LLOYD Adrian Flux with Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra 24 6.375 49.278 7
10 22 I Chris SMILEY Ginsters EXCELR8 with TradePriceCars.com Hyundai i30 Fastback N 24 6.890 49.229 6
11 32 I Daniel ROWBOTTOM Halfords Racing with Cataclean Honda Civic Type-R 24 7.204 49.277 9
12 80 I Tom INGRAM Ginsters EXCELR8 with TradePriceCars.com Hyundai i30 Fastback N 24 7.446 49.202 12
13 24 M Jake HILL MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square Ford Focus ST 24 8.688 49.246 27
14 2 M Colin TURKINGTON Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 24 9.299 49.434 17
15 15 M Tom OLIPHANT Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 24 9.937 49.486 10
16 52 I Gordon SHEDDEN Halfords Racing with Cataclean Honda Civic Type-R 24 10.141 49.207 21
17 40 I Árón TAYLOR-SMITH Team HARD. with HUB Financial Solutions CUPRA Leon 24 12.633 49.549 15
18 3 I Tom CHILTON Car Gods with Ciceley Motorsport BMW 330i M Sport 24 14.169 49.478 13
19 41 I Carl BOARDLEY Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50 24 14.431 49.353 20
20 4 M Sam OSBORNE Racing with Wera & Photon Group Ford Focus ST 24 14.829 49.451 19
21 96 I Jack BUTEL EXCELR8 with TradePriceCars.com Hyundai i30 Fastback N 24 16.248 49.477 25
22 12 M Stephen JELLEY Team BMW BMW 330i M Sport 24 16.631 49.552 29
23 23 M Sam SMELT Toyota Gazoo Racing UK Toyota Corolla GR Sport 24 21.528 49.578 18
24 88 I Glynn GEDDIE Team HARD. with Autobrite Direct CUPRA Leon 24 24.674 49.801 28
25 44 M Andy NEATE Racing with Wera & Photon Group Ford Focus ST 24 27.805 49.644 24
26 62 I Rick PARFITT Jr EXCELR8 with TradePriceCars.com Hyundai i30 Fastback N 24 28.456 49.561 23
27 99 I Jade EDWARDS BTC Racing Honda Civic Type-R 24 28.683 49.533 22
28 28 I Nicolas HAMILTON ROKiT Racing with iQuoto Online Trading CUPRA Leon 22 + 2 LAPS 50.132 26
R 48 M Ollie JACKSON MB Motorsport accelerated by Blue Square Ford Focus ST 10 DNF 49.493 16
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