BTCC Thruxton: Morgan triumphs to victory after incident-filled Race 3

Ciceley Motorsport’s Adam Morgan took the checkered flag to win Round 18 of the British Touring Car Championship at Thruxton.

The final race of the day was full of intensity, drama and safety car periods but a pressured Adam Morgan charged to his second victory this season.

At lights out, pole-sitter Adam Morgan had a strong start off the line to keep his top spot.

Senna Proctor, on the other hand, lost a position from P2 to P3 against Colin Turkington.

Jake Hill was also keen to fend off Tom Oliphant into the first corner, then taking Rory Butcher’s Toyota Corolla for P4.

At the rear end of the grid, Gordon Shedden and Jade Edwards had a dramatic moment of contact which saw both hit the barrier at Turn 1.

It was a case of Deja vu for Edwards back to the Thruxton opener earlier this year when Andy Neate had contact to put her into the same barrier.

Both Edwards and Shedden retired from the race.

At the safety car restart on Lap 6 out of 19, Morgan had a strong getaway from Colin Turkington behind.

Dan Rowbottom who started 26th after his Race 2 dramas had made up eight positions.

Ton Ingram meanwhile on Lap 8 got himself into P8 after himself, Plato and Smiley all clashed.

A second safety car period was deployed when Carl Boarderly spun around and Speedworks’ Sam Smelt was caught up in the moment. Both adding to the list of retirements.

Green flag racing resumed two laps later, on Lap 12.

Adam Morgan was immediately under pressure from second-placed Colin Turkington who placed his works BMW at the tail of the Ciceley Motorsport BMW.

This duel continued for a couple of laps until Ollie Jackson added himself to the list of DNFs in his 250th participation.

After a brief third safety car period, the action resumed at the top of the field.

By this point, Rowbottom had gained 12 positions to put himself P14 and into the points threshold.

By Lap 18, Ingram had put a charge up the field to get himself clashing with Josh Cook.

They went side-by-side with one another.

Ingram dived into sixth to overcome a charge on Rory Butcher for fifth.

This was before he slightly went off-track which compromised himself towards the Scotsman behind.

Adam Morgan eventually took the checkered flag to secure his second victory this year in Ciceley Motorsport’s new BMW 330i M Sport.

Turkington’s second place finish drew a notable haulage of points needed to stay within the title fight as Senna Proctor completed the podium positions.

Jake Hill finished in fourth ahead of Tom Ingram, Rory Butcher and Josh Cook.

PMR’s Jason Plato finished P8, followed by Chris Smiley and Ash Sutton.

After this weekend, Sutton keeps his championship lead by precisely 30 points over Ingram (210 to 180).

Note: The table below is the provisional classification.

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