In the next chapter of our 2021 BTCC Team Previews, our writers share their thoughts on Ciceley Motorsport’s chances in the upcoming season.

The team were long overdue a replacement for the outgoing Mercedes-Benz A-Class from 2014, but surprisingly have not decided to stick to the three-pointed star manufacturer.

Instead, the team has become the second on the grid to use the BMW 330i M Sport that has already proven its success in the championship.

Adam Morgan will stay on with the family-run team into his 10th BTCC season and will now be joined by former Independents’ Champion Tom Chilton.

Adam, Connor and our BTCC editor Mo share what they think of the team’s prospects are this season.

See our BTCC 2021 Team Previews so far:

Adam Proud

Whilst the target for Ciceley may be to be a more consistent front-runner this year compared to the last campaign, it’s fair to say the team had a solid outing in 2020. Adam Morgan had a strong year, finishing eighth in the championship with three podiums to his name in the Mercedes A-Class.

Speaking of the A-Class, the Lancashire-based squad makes the switch to another German car-giant in the form of BMW.

BMW’s presence in the BTCC is known, with multiple titles to its name, and Ciceley will be hopeful that the switch will pay dividends from this season onwards.

Tom Chilton, 2021 – Credit: BTCC

Joining the team alongside Morgan is Tom Chilton, who enters the outfit on the back of a tenth-placed finish in 2020; he also claimed three podiums last year.

The consistency in the line-up is there, now it is time to push up to the front-runners and challenge for victories on a consistent basis.

Ciceley have the tools to compete, and they have a solid line-up, so I believe if everything fits into place, we will see them at the front of the grid on a regular basis.

Connor Minniss

Lancashire-based Ciceley Motorsport are a team that have stayed loyal to their original
platform of the A-class Mercedes since 2014.

However, the new BMW platform is a multiple title-winning one in the form of the BMW 3 series, originally brought into the championship by manufacturer-backed West Surrey Racing.

Adam Morgan, 2021 – Credit: BTCC

Drivers Adam Morgan and team arrivee Tom Chilton mentioned about how the hybrid era of the BTCC will soon be put into action so preparation for that is needed and is being worked on to a high standard by the men and women back at the factory.

Ciceley Motorsport are a team that has set itself, and consequently their fans, a very high
standard that they are hoping to meet in the 2021 season.

Transitioning from a Mercedes-Benz A-Class over to a BMW 3 Series platform will not be easy. However, the potential and the talent of both Adam Morgan and Tom Chilton should overcome that initial challenge of cracking into that BMW and extracting the maximum pace on offer.

Mo Rehman

I always feel quite saddened when I see teams having to compete with outdated machinery.

Touring cars are always about showcasing the most recent production cars. Therefore continuing with a Mercedes-Benz A-Class that entered production back in 2013 was less than ideal, especially with the hybrid era just around the corner.

As Adam and Connor have already mentioned, the BMW 330i platform has already proven its success.

It was a forward-thinking move for the team, although I was a little perplexed not to have seen a debuting opportunity for a Mercedes-Benz C-Class if a rear-wheel drive saloon was the ideal; considering their ties with Mercedes, with an AMG GT4 in the British GT Championship.

Chilton
Tom Chilton, 2020 – Credit: BTCC

They are the only team, other than WSR, to behold this package that has claimed six titles from the moment it was introduced back in 2019.

Ciceley Motorsport also have a strong driver line-up with a combined touring car experience of 28 years, and both of whom are talented, multiple race winners.

I am assured to see both Chilton and Morgan fight for podiums on a regular basis. Indeed the A-Class delivered a race win and three podiums last season, but this duo can unleash the team’s true colours.

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