BTCC Thruxton: Adam Morgan holds off Jack Goff for race three win

Adam Morgan took his second reverse grid win of the year in the British Touring Car Championship when he stormed to victory at Thruxton in the day's third and final race

BTCC Thruxton: Adam Morgan holds off Jack Goff for race three win

The Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes-Benz A-Class driver led from pole position and gradually pulled away from fellow front-row starter Senna Proctor (Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra) throughout.

While Morgan was untroubled, the attention behind focused on the progress of seventh placed starter Jack Goff. After experiencing pace problems over the opening races, his Eurotech Honda Civic was flying in the finale.

He jumped to sixth at the start and worked his way into the top three by lap eight of 16.

He tracked Proctor for six laps before making his move on the inside as the cars exited the chicane at the end of lap 14. That was enough for him to claim second place behind Morgan.

"My plan worked perfectly," said Morgan. "When I got the start and reached the opening Complex in first place, I said to myself that I needed to get my head down and put in a series of qualifying laps, which I did.

"I could see Goff flying up through the order, so there was no way I could let up until the very last lap, when I knew I had it in the bag. The car was amazing."

Morgan left the circuit at the top of the championship standings by one point from Josh Cook (Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra).

Goff said that the result had been a product of the hard work put in by his engineers throughout the weekend.

"We had struggled, and we were at a loss," he said. "But we found something on the set-up for race two and we followed it into race three. It really worked. I could see Proctor was struggling with his tyres and I am delighted with second."

Proctor said he had pushed slightly too hard in his chase of Morgan early on, which gave Goff the upper hand in the closing stages.

"I also had a warning for track limits in the later part of the race," said Proctor. "I knew I had to be careful, but I had nothing left when Goff came up to me."

Behind Proctor, Sam Tordoff (Motorbase Performance Ford Focus) took his third fourth placed finish of the weekend to round off a competitive three races. He was followed by Colin Turkington (WSR BMW 125i M Sport) and Cook.

The top 10 was rounded out by Tom Ingram (Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Avensis), Matt Neal (Team Dynamics Honda Civic Type R), Chris Smiley (BTC Norlin Racing Honda Civic Type R) and Rob Collard (WSR BMW 125i M Sport).

WSR driver Andrew Jordan should have started third but was forced to withdraw from the race after he collapsed when he got out of the car at the end of race two.

He had been suffering all weekend from a virus and was taken to the medical centre for treatment.

Jason Plato (Team BMR Subaru Levorg) was also forced to withdraw with ongoing engine issues with the rear-wheel-drive car.

Race three result

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Adam Morgan Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes 20m55.978s
2 Jack Goff Eurotech Racing Honda 2.433s
3 Senna Proctor Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall 3.147s
4 Sam Tordoff Motorbase Ford 5.045s
5 Colin Turkington WSR BMW 5.994s
6 Josh Cook Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall 6.544s
7 Tom Ingram Speedworks Toyota 6.922s
8 Matt Neal Team Dynamics Honda 7.722s
9 Chris Smiley BTC Norlin Honda 12.985s
10 Rob Collard WSR BMW 13.205s
11 Tom Chilton Motorbase Ford 15.230s
12 Matt Simpson Eurotech Racing Honda 16.601s
13 Dan Cammish Team Dynamics Honda 16.809s
14 Rory Butcher AmD Tuning MG 17.120s
15 Aiden Moffat Laser Tools Racing Mercedes 17.350s
16 Rob Austin HMS Racing Alfa Romeo 17.830s
17 Jake Hill Team Hard Volkswagen 21.896s
18 Tom Boardman AmD Tuning MG 24.707s
19 Tom Oliphant Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes 25.488s
20 Ash Sutton Team BMR Subaru 26.026s
21 Stephen Jelley Team Parker Racing BMW 26.399s
22 Bobby Thompson Team Hard Volkswagen 26.805s
23 James Nash BTC Norlin Honda 27.100s
24 James Cole Motorbase Ford 27.368s
25 Michael Caine Team Hard Volkswagen 27.587s
26 Sam Smelt AmD Tuning Audi 34.620s
27 Mike Bushell Team Hard Volkswagen 1 Lap
- Josh Price Team BMR Subaru Retirement
- Ollie Jackson AmD Tuning Audi Retirement
- Brett Smith Eurotech Racing Honda Retirement
- Andrew Jordan WSR BMW Withdrawn
- Jason Plato Team BMR Subaru Withdrawn


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