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BTCC's Adam Morgan targets a win at home round next weekend

Thursday, May 11 2017

Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship title contender Adam Morgan heads to his home race at Oulton Park next weekend (20/21 May) looking for his first win of the season.

The Blackburn driver lies fifth in the standings, and despite having scored two wins at this stage last season, is happy with how the opening three events have progressed.

"We've got off to a good start," he said. "We've been consistent; out of nine races we've been in the top ten for eight of them and we've had two podiums already, so it's been a good season for us up to now.

"At Thruxton we came away with three top tens and I think we were expecting a little bit more. It's a fantastic result, but the level of standard that we expect now, we want a podium or better. It's not the end of the world, though we're still right in the running of the championship."

Adam knows that the Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes A-Class is capable of victories, since Aiden Moffat's Ciceley-built car won at Donington, a result that inspired the team. "We do all the prep on Aiden's car and to see a Mercedes at the front is fantastic," he said. "Aiden deserved that win, he drove incredibly well, and to see a car that we prepare on the podium is brilliant."

The 28-year-old would dearly love to win at Oulton Park, his home circuit and one that holds special memories for him. "I got my first ever podium in Touring Cars there," he reminisced. "The last couple of years haven't quite gone to plan and we struggled a little bit, but I'm confident that with the setup we had on at Brands and Donington, the car handles really well, so I don't think there's any reason why we can't be challenging from the front."

Being no higher than fifth in the standings has a few advantages, too, as Adam explained: "We've been carrying third place for the last few rounds, so to lose 18 kilogrammes will make a difference, especially round Oulton Park, which is a very hilly, stop-start circuit."

A win at Oulton Park would also give Adam and Ciceley bragging rights over local rivals Speedworks, which currently leads the standings with Tom Ingram. "It's quite good that the two northern teams in the championship, and I think we're the most northern team in it, are both right up there," he said. "We're 1-2 in the Independents' standings and Tom's leading the championship at the minute. They're turning out a very strong car, but they've got to carry 75 kilos. It will be good, and hopefully we'll have some good races, but hopefully we'll be on top!"

Tickets for the BTCC at Oulton Park on 20/21 May are available from £27, with free entry for under-13s. For more information, call 0843 453 9000 or click here.