Adam Morgan keeps WSR drivers at bay for Brands BTCC race three win

Adam Morgan won the final British Touring Car Championship race of the day at Brands Hatch after a tense dash for the flag in the 27-lap race

Adam Morgan keeps WSR drivers at bay for Brands BTCC race three win

Morgan, who drives a Ciceley Racing Mercedes-Benz A-Class, tracked reverse-grid polesitter Sam Tordoff (WSR BMW 125i M Sport) over the opening lap, but got a better exit from Clearways at the end of the tour to pull alongside the rear-wheel-drive car and claim the lead.

The soft-tyred A-Class came under attack in the latter part of the race as Tordoff and his WSR team-mate Jack Goff were glued to the Mercedes' bootlid, but Morgan held firm to open his account or the season.

Behind the top three, there was disaster for the points leader going into the race, reigning champion Gordon Shedden.

After winning race two, he was saddled with a full load of 75kg of success ballast and was running in 11th place when he picked up a puncture on his front-left soft tyre and slid into the wall.

Shedden's team-mate Matt Neal had established himself in fourth place on the soft tyres, but lost out in a dash to the line when Andrew Jordan's Motorbase Performance Ford Focus snatched the place by 0.03s.

Rob Collard climbed through the pack from 16th to just hold on to sixth place for WSR. He was under pressure from the Eurotech Racing Honda Civic of Jeff Smith, but held on to the position by just 0.003 seconds.

Aron Smith, Aiden Moffat and Ash Sutton, who had stalled on the line, rounded out the top 10.

Colin Turkington was the leading factory Team BMR Subaru in 12th place.

RESULTS - 27 LAPS:

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Adam Morgan Ciceley Racing Mercedes 23m49.834s
2 Sam Tordoff WSR BMW 0.136s
3 Jack Goff WSR BMW 0.449s
4 Andrew Jordan Motorbase Performance Ford 3.832s
5 Matt Neal Dynamics/Honda Honda 3.869s
6 Rob Collard WSR BMW 4.192s
7 Jeff Smith Eurotech Racing Honda 4.195s
8 Aron Taylor-Smith Team BKR Volkswagen 5.702s
9 Aiden Moffat Laser Tools Racing Mercedes 6.391s
10 Ash Sutton Triple Eight/MG MG 10.862s
11 Rob Austin Handy Motorsport Toyota 11.051s
12 Colin Turkington Team BMR Subaru 11.482s
13 Hunter Abbott Power Maxed Racing Chevrolet 11.995s
14 Josh Cook Triple Eight/MG MG 14.512s
15 Matt Simpson Speedworks Motorsport Honda 15.098s
16 Jason Plato Team BMR Subaru 15.513s
17 Tom Ingram Speedworks Motorsport Toyota 15.640s
18 James Cole Team BMR Subaru 16.124s
19 Warren Scott Team BMR Subaru 16.744s
20 Daniel Welch Welch Motorsport Proton 17.406s
21 Michael Epps Team Hard Toyota 21.854s
22 Ollie Jackson AmD Tuning Audi 22.302s
23 Jake Hill Team Hard Toyota 23.947s
24 Martin Depper Eurotech Racing Honda 24.912s
25 Mat Jackson Motorbase Performance Ford 27.308s
26 Andy Neate Dynamics/Honda Honda 32.593s
27 Alex Martin Team Parker Racing Ford 40.900s
28 Stewart Lines Maximum Motorsport Ford 45.226s
- Chris Smiley Team Hard Toyota Retirement
- Gordon Shedden Dynamics/Honda Honda Retirement
- Kelvin Fletcher Power Maxed Racing Chevrolet Retirement
- Mark Howard Team BKR Volkswagen Retirement

CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS

Pos Driver Points
1 Matt Neal 43
2 Gordon Shedden 38
3 Adam Morgan 37
4 Aron Taylor-Smith 32
5 Andrew Jordan 32
6 Jack Goff 31
7 Ash Sutton 29
8 Sam Tordoff 24
9 Tom Ingram 23
10 Rob Collard 20
11 Mat Jackson 19
12 Jeff Smith 17
13 Aiden Moffat 16
14 Josh Cook 13
15 Rob Austin 7
16 Daniel Welch 5
17 Colin Turkington 4
18 Hunter Abbott 4
19 Jason Plato 3
20 Jake Hill 3
21 Matt Simpson 1

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