BTCC Brands Hatch Indy: Morgan secures controlled victory in Race 3

Adam Morgan converted his front spot start into a well-managed victory in the final race of the day at Brands Hatch Indy.

Race 3 of this weekend at Brands Hatch was a thrilling display of action with various duels across the pack, but Adam Morgan controlled the race at the front with his ballast-free BMW 330i M Sport.

At lights out, Morgan had a strong getaway as did Goff, but not for BTC Racing driver Senna Proctor who had a slow start.

Behind him was the BTCC’s most successful racing driver Jason Plato who was challenging him for that P3 spot from the second lap, and made the overtake on Proctor on the next lap.

Meanwhile at the front, Aiden Moffat, who started in P4, slotted himself at the inside of Goff at Turn 1 and into second place.

By Lap 4, his teammate Carl Boardley was defending aggressively along the Cooper Straight against Jake Hill for 19th position, but succumbed to the MB Motorsport Ford Focus ST soon afterwards.

Towards the back of the field, Nicolas Hamilton had got involved with a battle that saw his front-left corner damaged and was shortly awarded a mechanical warning flag to pit and repair.

By Lap 10, Rory Butcher was asserting strong pace as he landed and kept the fastest lap of the race, which was a 48.955s.

The Scotsman was on Chris Smiley for P8 as the pair fought with a strong attack against a solid defence.

Ollie Jackson’s bonnet flipped up for reasons not apparent on the broadcast and found himself in the pits to resolve the matter.

On Lap 16, Colin Turkington attempted to fight nose-to-tail with Hill for P15, the final spot in the points threshold. The Northern Irishman was keen not to mark Brands Hatch Indy as his first pointless weekend since 2003.

At the front, Aiden Moffat had Plato in his mirrors who was keen to get the final podium spot, and was trailed by BTC Racing teammates Proctor and Josh Cook.

Their fight to the end intensified immensely, with Plato’s PMR Vauxhall Astra gaining a more secure exit out of Clearways which begun the approach along the start/finish.

Up ahead, Adam Morgan took in a controlled win at the end of Lap 24 ahead of Jack Goff.

Concluding the Plato pressure behind, his Vauxhall exited Clearways in a much more controlled fashion thus went side-by-side to the finish.

Moffat did claim the last spot on the podium, but by 0.012s ahead of fourth-placed Plato.

The BTC Racing pair Cook and Proctor finished in fifth and sixth.

Butcher was behind to claim P7 and the fastest lap set by Lap 10.

Reigning champion Ash Sutton, with 66 Kg of ballast, was in eighth ahead of Dan Lloyd and Smiley’s Hyundai to round off the top-10.

Position Driver Team
1 Adam Morgan Ciceley Motorsport
2 Jack Goff Team HARD
3 Aiden Moffat Laser Tools Racing
4 Jason Plato Power Maxed Racing
5 Josh Cook BTC Racing
6 Senna Proctor BTC Racing
7 Rory Butcher Toyota GAZOO Racing UK (C)
8 Ash Sutton Laser Tools Racing
9 Dan Lloyd Power Maxed Racing
10 Chris Smiley EXCELR8 Trade Price Cars
11 Daniel Rowbottom Team Dynamics
12 Tom Ingram EXCELR8 Trade Price Cars
13 Jake Hill MB Motorsport (C)
14 Colin Turkington Team BMW (C)
15 Tom Oliphant Team BMW (C)
16 Gordon Shedden Team Dynamics
17 Árón Taylor-Smith Team HARD
18 Tom Chilton Ciceley Motorsport
19 Carl Boardley Laser Tools Racing
20 Sam Osborne Motorbase Performance (C)
21 Jack Butel EXCELR8 Trade Price Cars
22 Stephen Jelley Team BMW (C)
23 Sam Smelt Toyota GAZOO Racing UK (C)
24 Glynn Geddie Team HARD
25 Andy Neate Motorbase Performance (C)
26 Rick Parfitt Jr. EXCELR8 Trade Price Cars
27 Jade Edwards BTC Racing
28 Nicolas Hamilton Team HARD
29 Ollie Jackson (DNF) MB Motorsport (C)