The Morganator led from start to finish in his Ciceley Motorsport-run Carlube Triple R Racing Mac Tools Mercedes-Benz A-Class, starting second on the semi-reversed grid and jumping ahead of pole-sitter Bobby Thompson (Audi S3) on the run to the first corner. Once ahead, Adam had to fend off the challenge of former team-mate Tom Oliphant (Team BMW). Oliphant crawled all over him for the first seven laps. Unable to find a way past the Ribchester Rocket, Oliphant allowed team-mate Colin Turkington to move ahead and attack the Mercedes, but he couldn’t find a way past Adam either! As Morgan headed a four-car train, joined by 2017 champion Ash Sutton (Infiniti Q50), an accident at the rear of the field triggered a race stoppage and confirmation of Adam’s first win since Rockingham in 2018 and first podium result of 2020.
Said Adam: “I just felt in the zone from the moment I put my helmet on. I felt really confident and made the best start I’ve ever made. It was tough keeping Tom behind me but it is a difficult track to overtake at and so it was a case of holding the BMWs up at places at which they were stronger, and backing them up when I could. Could I have kept them behind for another four laps? Who knows but I’m overjoyed with that win. Once I saw Tom had let Colin through, I realised that Colin would go for championship points so I didn’t have to defend quite as doggedly and he would be cautious. That was in my mind, but rear-wheel drive cars are good and as my tyres went off, he became more of a threat.”
It was an emotional Adam who spoke live to ITV post-race. Later, he explained: “It seems like a long time since the last win and last year was very tough. To win in British Touring Cars is special. Last year was a long year and we are back where we belong and to have Freddie, my six-month old son here, is very special indeed. I was very emotional on the in-lap, and that is not like me at all. It is a reflection of the hard work everyone has put in and this I hope is the first of many wins this year.”
Adam lies seventh in the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship and third in the Independents’ Trophy, with Carlube Triple R Racing Mac Tools lying third in the Independents Teams Championship.
The next races in the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship are in just a week’s time at Knockhill, Scotland, on August 29/30. Qualifying is live on itv.com on Saturday August 29th with all the raceday action live on ITV2 on Sunday August 30th.