BTCC: Morgan takes Race 3 win as red flag ends session early

Adam Morgan made his way to win the ninth round of the British Touring Car Championship and the final race of the day at Oulton Park Island.

On the preparation lap, Tom Ingram’s hazzard indicators suggested an issue that would not see him start the race. He pulled into the pit-lane with the dilemma down to driveshaft issues.

Mike Bushell was another who did not start after suffering brake problems.

As the first/only dry BTCC race of the day began, Adam Morgan kept his lead by fending off Tom Oliphant who went from P5 to P2 in his BMW 330i M Sport.

Cammish fell down to P17, losing 10 places, just as his BTC Racing teammate Matt Neal went off at the same corner (Cascades).

He faced a puncture on that trip to the grass in his 700th BTCC race.

Colin Turkington, with 48 Kg of ballast, made it past Tom Chilton’s FK8 Honda Civic Type R for P3 following their door-to-door scrap at the chicane.

Previous race winner Ash Sutton made an immediate pass at Chilton for P4.

At the front, Morgan still led the race but defended hard in his front-wheel drive Mercedes from the rear-wheel drive BMW of Oliphant.

By lap 5, the pole sitter had dropped down to P17 after a poor start.

Chris Smiley in the Hyundai made a move at the Island Hairpin on Butcher for P8, but was taken back by Butcher at the upcoming chicane.

The top four drivers were packed closely: Morgan, Oliphant, Turkington and Sutton.

Team orders at BMW meant Oliphant let Turkington by to attack Morgan on the lead.

The front-four runners were covered by a second, as Sutton stuck himself to the tail of Oliphant, having made six positions so far.

An incident on lap 11 which involved Ollie Brown, Stephan Jelly, and the innocent bystander of Nicolas Hamilton resulted in a red flag that declared Morgan the sixth BTCC winner of this year.

The top four were declared and BMW secured a double-podium finish: Morgan, Turkington, Oliphant and Sutton.

Chilton took P5 ahead of Senna Proctor, Jake Hill, and Rory Butcher in P8.

Smiley and Moffat concluded the top-ten finishers at the final race of the weekend.