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BTCC's Morgan ready to follow-up on debut win at Brands Hatch

Sunday, March 29 2015

Dunlop MSA British Touring Car race-winner Adam Morgan is eyeing a step up in performance this season, which kicks off next weekend at Brands Hatch (4/5 April).

Adam scored his maiden victory last time out at Brands Hatch, after original winner Jason Plato was excluded for a clash with champion Colin Turkington in race two of the weekend. Adam had led the race on the road in his WIX Racing Mercedes A-Class, after fighting his way past Rob Collard and Plato. However with just three laps to go he slid wide exiting Sheene curve, and resumed in second place.

"It does help my confidence having a win under my belt," Adam said. "Even if it was a little by default, I deserved to have a win in Touring Cars. It has been a dream and now I have achieved that I can start looking forward.

"We've made some improvements in the car from how we got the win last year, so we'll be looking forward and hope for better ones."

Helping development is a second Mercedes A-Class built for Aiden Moffat's Laser Tools Racing squad by the Morgan family-owned Cicely Racing team. "Having two cars and sharing data and set-up is a massive advantage," Adam said. "Now what we can do is have Aiden go out with one set-up and I can go out with another and if we compare the data we can adapt it. Whereas last year it was a bit more time-consuming, now we can find the sweet spot quicker."

Adam and the team have had to make a step forward to keep up with the competiton. With so many strong teams this season, the smaller independents will have to work hard to stay at the front. "It is difficult," he admits. "But I quite like being the underdog, I think it takes the weight off our shoulders and it's all the more satisfying when you're racing against the big manufacturer teams. I enjoy it and we've been doing OK so far, there's no reason why this year it won't be any different."

The A-Classes were third and fourth in the pre-season test, but even Adam can't predict where everyone will be next Saturday: "It's tricky, because you've no idea what everyone's doing in testing with weights and set-up. But it's half of the track where I got my first win, so I'd like some consistent top six finishes. My main goal is to qualify high up and see how it pans out from there."

Tickets for the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship at Brands Hatch on 4/5 April are available from £26 in advance, with free entry for under-13s. For more information call 0843 453 9000 or click here.