BTCC Rockingham: Morgan beats Tordoff and Cammish to land first pole

Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes driver Adam Morgan scored his maiden British Touring Car Championship pole position at Rockingham in a thrilling qualifying session

BTCC Rockingham: Morgan beats Tordoff and Cammish to land first pole

The 29-year-old wrested top spot from the Motorbase Performance Ford Focus of Sam Tordoff in the dying minutes, bagging the top slot by 0.102 seconds.

Free practice pacesetter Dan Cammish was third in his Team Dynamics Honda Civic Type R.

Morgan, who is ninth in the points, was delighted with the result.

"It's taken six years and it feels like a win," he said. "Now I can tick the box, I'm over the moon. We knew we had it in us, it's just taken forever to get there.

"The car does feel good and our race pace is stronger than our qualifying pace. We're not carrying much weight and we're feeling racy."

Tordoff was frustrated to have missed out on top slot, but said his performance would help him rebound after a difficult weekend a fortnight ago at Snetterton.

"We've made a big step since Snetterton. We just couldn't get it to work there," said Tordoff.

"We've gone and done our homework in the last fortnight and followed a different direction. Hopefully we'll continue in the same vain tomorrow."

Cammish, meanwhile, was raging as he stepped from his Honda, feeling that he had been badly held up on his fast laps.

"Every time I tried a lap I was caught in traffic," he said. "I may as well have been on the M1 and I was just tearing my hair out by the end. We have got a fast car, but unfortunately it unravelled around us.

"I don't know what some of them are doing out there, and I should have put Stephen [Jelley, Team Parker Racing BMW driver] in the wall. He just drove right in front of me."

Mike Bushell claimed fourth spot in his much-improved Team Hard VW CC, ahead of BTC Norlin Racing Honda Civic Type R pair Dan Lloyd and Chris Smiley.

Championship leader Tom Ingram, carrying 75kg of success ballast, was fifth after the opening runs, but suffered two successive tyre blowouts as he rejoined the circuit in a bid to improve his time and ended up in 13th position in his Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Avensis.

That was one place behind the WSR BMW 125i M Sport of Colin Turkington, which was fitted with 66kg of success ballast.

Jack Goff could only qualify his Eurotech Racing Honda Civic Type R, which is fourth in the points and has 48kg of ballast, 23rd after again struggling with the handling of his machine.

Both fared better than Matt Neal, who is third in the standings. He will start in 29th in his Team Dynamics Civic after an engine change between the end of free practice and the start of qualifying.

The last-minute job meant that the set-up of the hatchback, with its 57kg of ballast, could not be refined in time for him to take to the circuit. He also suffered a couple of lock ups, which restricted his pace.

Qualifying result

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap
1 Adam Morgan Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes 1m22.835s -
2 Sam Tordoff Motorbase Ford 1m22.937s 0.102s
3 Dan Cammish Team Dynamics Honda 1m23.086s 0.251s
4 Mike Bushell Team Hard Volkswagen 1m23.163s 0.328s
5 Daniel Lloyd BTC Norlin Honda 1m23.215s 0.380s
6 Chris Smiley BTC Norlin Honda 1m23.221s 0.386s
7 Tom Chilton Motorbase Ford 1m23.252s 0.417s
8 Brett Smith Eurotech Racing Honda 1m23.263s 0.428s
9 Jason Plato Team BMR Subaru 1m23.274s 0.439s
10 Ash Sutton Team BMR Subaru 1m23.283s 0.448s
11 Andrew Jordan WSR BMW 1m23.319s 0.484s
12 Colin Turkington WSR BMW 1m23.321s 0.486s
13 Tom Ingram Speedworks Toyota 1m23.346s 0.511s
14 Matt Simpson Eurotech Racing Honda 1m23.347s 0.512s
15 Aiden Moffat Laser Tools Racing Mercedes 1m23.350s 0.515s
16 Sam Smelt AmD Tuning Audi 1m23.356s 0.521s
17 Senna Proctor Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall 1m23.377s 0.542s
18 Bobby Thompson Team Hard Volkswagen 1m23.475s 0.640s
19 Ollie Jackson AmD Tuning Audi 1m23.491s 0.656s
20 Rory Butcher AmD Tuning MG 1m23.532s 0.697s
21 Josh Cook Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall 1m23.569s 0.734s
22 Tom Oliphant Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes 1m23.593s 0.758s
23 Jack Goff Eurotech Racing Honda 1m23.614s 0.779s
24 Rob Austin HMS Racing Alfa Romeo 1m23.629s 0.794s
25 James Cole Motorbase Ford 1m23.671s 0.836s
26 Ricky Collard WSR BMW 1m23.784s 0.949s
27 Michael Caine Team Hard Volkswagen 1m23.789s 0.954s
28 Stephen Jelley Team Parker Racing BMW 1m23.823s 0.988s
29 Matt Neal Team Dynamics Honda 1m23.870s 1.035s
30 Glynn Geddie AmD Tuning MG 1m24.619s 1.784s
31 Ollie Pidgley Team Hard Volkswagen 1m24.793s 1.958s


shares
comments
BTCC Rockingham: Cammish fastest across two practice sessions

Previous article

BTCC Rockingham: Cammish fastest across two practice sessions

Next article

BTCC Rockingham: Morgan dominates first race in tricky conditions

BTCC Rockingham: Morgan dominates first race in tricky conditions
Load comments

About this article

Series BTCC
Drivers Sam Tordoff , Adam Morgan , Dan Cammish
Teams BTC Racing
Author Matt James
The rollercoaster ride of West Surrey Racing's 40 years Plus

The rollercoaster ride of West Surrey Racing's 40 years

It’s four decades since one of UK motorsport’s most successful teams made its debut at Silverstone in British Formula 3. Now it’s top dog in the BTCC, time to blow out some candles with boss Dick Bennetts

BTCC
Mar 12, 2021
Why the BTCC elite should fear Shedden's return Plus

Why the BTCC elite should fear Shedden's return

OPINION: The British Touring Car Championship Lord taketh away Dan Cammish, then giveth Gordon Shedden. That means substituting what would have been a future champion with an all-time series great with a point to prove on his return

BTCC
Mar 11, 2021
The tin-top veteran turned policeman hangs up his helmet Plus

The tin-top veteran turned policeman hangs up his helmet

Jeff Allam had a long and successful touring car career, and was a highly regarded works driver for Rover and Vauxhall. Then he spent his weekends policing his successors… Time to look back at a BTCC life spanning almost 45 years

BTCC
Mar 10, 2021
The BTCC Brexit that's thrived for a decade Plus

The BTCC Brexit that's thrived for a decade

It won't be long until the current BTCC rules become the longest-lasting the series has ever had. The NGTC regulations are due to celebrate their tenth birthday this year and while not totally perfect for everyone, have been a huge success

BTCC
Feb 24, 2021
The top 10 BTCC drivers of 2020 Plus

The top 10 BTCC drivers of 2020

The 2020 British Touring Car Championship will go down as a classic in which new winners graced the top step of the podium and an unloved chassis was resurrected into a champion. But who were the year's top performers?

BTCC
Dec 24, 2020
The Villeneuve-esque 'engineer's dream' who lit up BTCC 2020 Plus

The Villeneuve-esque 'engineer's dream' who lit up BTCC 2020

The Infiniti Q50 was completely redesigned, redeveloped and revamped by BMR and Laser Tools Racing for 2020. And the flamboyant brilliance of the driver behind the wheel was enough to snatch the title at the last gasp

BTCC
Dec 11, 2020
The BMW game-changer that monopolised the tin-top world Plus

The BMW game-changer that monopolised the tin-top world

The rival Ford RS500 was more spectacular and almost claimed its place as Autosport's greatest touring car. But the original BMW M3 E30 was too good and too important to be ignored, as its drivers explain

BTCC
Dec 1, 2020
Turkington meets Rouse: The BTCC's greatest in conversation Plus

Turkington meets Rouse: The BTCC's greatest in conversation

The two four-time British Touring Car champions discovered they had far more in common than they realised when Autosport brought them together to discuss all things tin-top for its 70th anniversary special earlier this year

BTCC
Nov 25, 2020