BTCC Thruxton: Adam Morgan wins red-flagged chaotic race one

Adam Morgan won a chaotic opening British Touring Car Championship race at Thruxton on Sunday that was cut short after a multi-car crash involving the leading group after 11 of the scheduled 16 laps

BTCC Thruxton: Adam Morgan wins red-flagged chaotic race one

It marked Morgan's second victory of the season in the Ciceley Racing Mercedes-Benz A-Class.

He overtook Matt Neal's leading factory Honda Civic Type R on lap five going in to Allard corner and powered clear.

Aiden Moffat, who had started on the front row but dropped down the pack after contact with Neal at the Complex at the opening corner, retook second from Neal going in to Allard on lap six.

However, the teenager was ruled out of a podium finish and what would have been Mercedes-Benz's first one-two finish in the history of the BTCC when he suffered a puncture on lap 10.

That promoted Neal, carrying 75kg of success ballast, into second position but his machine also suffered a tyre failure at the end of lap 11.

Neal's limping car was coming out of the chicane and tried to turn right in to the pit lane, but the Triple Eight Racing MG6 of Josh Cook was already alongside and there was contact.

That fired both across the track and several following cars were caught up in the accident, including reigning champion Gordon Shedden (Dynamics Honda Civic Type R), who came to rest against the pit wall.

That brought out the red flag, with the results taken back a lap.

Morgan kept the win with Tom Ingram, who had started on pole in the Speedworks Motorsport Toyota Avensis, in second place.

Andrew Jordan took the Motorbase Ford Focus to third place.

RESULTS - 11 LAPS:

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Adam Morgan Ciceley Racing Mercedes 14m41.826s
2 Tom Ingram Speedworks Motorsport Toyota 3.310s
3 Andrew Jordan Motorbase Performance Ford 3.820s
4 Jeff Smith Eurotech Racing Honda 5.115s
5 Martin Depper Eurotech Racing Honda 5.824s
6 Rob Collard WSR BMW 6.464s
7 Sam Tordoff WSR BMW 6.932s
8 Jack Goff WSR BMW 8.179s
9 Daniel Welch Welch Motorsport Proton 8.672s
10 Jake Hill Team Hard Toyota 8.809s
11 Michael Epps Team Hard Toyota 9.185s
12 Daniel Lloyd Eurotech Racing Honda 10.738s
13 Matt Simpson Speedworks Motorsport Honda 14.491s
14 Rob Austin Handy Motorsport Toyota 14.839s
15 Hunter Abbott Power Maxed Racing Chevrolet 16.076s
16 Alex Martin Team Parker Racing Ford 20.748s
17 Ollie Jackson AmD Tuning Audi 21.288s
18 Chris Smiley Team Hard Toyota 21.820s
19 Stewart Lines Maximum Motorsport Ford 31.218s
20 Aron Taylor-Smith Team BKR Volkswagen 46.808s
21 Mat Jackson Motorbase Performance Ford 1m24.922s
22 Aiden Moffat Laser Tools Racing Mercedes 1m48.340s
- Gordon Shedden Dynamics/Honda Honda Retirement
- Matt Neal Dynamics/Honda Honda Retirement
- Josh Cook Triple Eight/MG MG Retirement
- Mark Howard Team BKR Volkswagen Retirement
- Ash Sutton Triple Eight/MG MG Retirement
- Kelvin Fletcher Power Maxed Racing Chevrolet Retirement
- Colin Turkington Team BMR Subaru Withdrawn
- Warren Scott Team BMR Subaru Withdrawn
- James Cole Team BMR Subaru Withdrawn
- Jason Plato Team BMR Subaru Withdrawn


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