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Adam Morgan happy with best weekend in over two months

Ciceley Motorsport’s Adam Morgan was happy with the results he scored in the British Touring Car Championship races at Snetterton, which were his best results since Thruxton at the end of May.

After being seventh and 17th fastest in the opening practice sessions respectively, Morgan stepped up his game in qualifying, putting himself in fifth for the opening race, 0.379 seconds from pole and as the fourth-fastest BMW driver at the Norfolk circuit.

He then got the jump on Team BMW’s Stephen Jelley at the start of race one, coming home in fourth after being unable to progress further in the rest of the race.

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Race two saw the Lancashire racer score the same result, again taking the top Independents honour, before being drawn to start from sixth for the partially reversed-grid final race of the day.

A bad start dumped Morgan down to ninth and although he soon gained a place with the demise of Jelle,y he was back in ninth when Colin Turkington got by on lap five.

It wasn’t until he eventually passed the hybrid-less Daniel Rowbottom on lap eleven that Morgan moved back up to eighth, where he took the chequered flag.

It marks his best weekend since he won race three at Thruxton in May, although Morgan admitted to being a little frustrated at how difficult it was to progress in the race.

“The closer I got, the more the car became hotter and therefore a bit slower,” explained Morgan of his first race. “To make a pass I would have to have made a dive from a long way back.

“I didn’t want to risk things in race one because after Knockhill I just wanted points. I was also trying to manage the heat, both in the machinery and me.

“So, fourth was a really good way to start the day.

“[In race two] the car was good, but I just seemed to be lacking that last tenth for some reason. I want to be up at the front, and we are nearly there.”

Morgan was pleased with his results overall, which see him stay ninth overall in the drivers’ standings, but lamented his poor start in race three.

“I made a fluff of the start and lost a couple of places. The pace was good at the start, but I couldn’t get through the pack, and I ended up eighth.

“I am a bit annoyed with myself and we don’t really know why it was so hard to make progress.

“We’ve taken away some good points so, overall, I’m happy.”

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