Donington Park BTCC: Adam Morgan wins finale for Ciceley Mercedes

Adam Morgan claimed the Donington Park British Touring Car Championship weekend's final race victory to take Mercedes-Benz's first victory in the series this year

Donington Park BTCC: Adam Morgan wins finale for Ciceley Mercedes

The Ciceley Motorsport driver overhauled initial leader Ash Sutton's Team BMR Subaru Levorg after an early race safety car, but was forced to look to his mirrors over the latter period of the 19 laps as the Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Astra of Josh Cook raced in his wheeltracks.

The result means Morgan is now second in the points behind Speedworks Toyota Avensis driver Tom Ingram, who took his fully ballasted car to eighth place.

Morgan said: "We had a shocking start to the weekend with contact with our team-mate [Tom Oliphant]. We then had a fifth and now a win - what a return.

"The car was great, although I could feel my front-left tyre going at the end. I had a few scares and Cook was catching me. But I held my nerve."

Behind Morgan and Cook, Aiden Moffat took the bottom step on the rostrum when former leader Sutton's harder tyres held his car back.

Moffat had earlier overtaken Rob Collard's WSR BMW 125i M Sport going into Coppice corner, which was the foundation of his rostrum finish.

He was then able to go after Sutton and he overtook with two laps to go.

Collard and his WSR team-mate Andrew Jordan also managed to jump the Subaru shortly before the end. Matt Neal (Team Dynamics Honda Civic) took seventh place.

Several of those battling for strong results were wiped out in a multiple collision at the Craner Curves on the first lap, when James Cole and Sam Tordoff's Motorbase Performance Ford Focus cars, which were running on the fringes of the top 10, made contact.

The shunt wiped out the team-mates and delayed several others.

Colin Turkington's miserable weekend also continued. An engine change didn't fully cure the car and he started from the pits after a last-minute water pump change. He finished 21st.

Jack Goff, who was second in the points going into the round in his Eurotech Racing Honda Civic, ran onto the grass after going side-by-side in his battle with Chris Smiley's BTC Norlin Honda in the battle for fifth on lap eight. He dropped back as a result and finished 23rd.

Smiley's race ended after he and Dynamics Honda driver Dam Cammish made contact at the Old Hairpin on lap 12, forcing both out.

Race three result - laps 19

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Adam Morgan Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes 27m15.756s
2 Josh Cook Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall 0.368s
3 Aiden Moffat Laser Tools Racing Mercedes 9.500s
4 Rob Collard WSR BMW 10.023s
5 Andrew Jordan WSR BMW 10.266s
6 Ash Sutton Team BMR Subaru 11.831s
7 Matt Neal Team Dynamics Honda 12.109s
8 Tom Ingram Speedworks Toyota 12.577s
9 Tom Chilton Motorbase Ford 14.932s
10 Jake Hill Team Hard Volkswagen 15.147s
11 Rob Austin HMS Racing Alfa Romeo 18.694s
12 James Nash BTC Norlin Honda 19.046s
13 Rory Butcher AmD Tuning MG 19.513s
14 Matt Simpson Eurotech Racing Honda 22.747s
15 Mike Bushell Team Hard Volkswagen 24.411s
16 Ollie Jackson AmD Tuning Audi 25.453s
17 Stephen Jelley Team Parker Racing BMW 25.647s
18 Jason Plato Team BMR Subaru 27.450s
19 Michael Caine Team Hard Volkswagen 28.110s
20 Bobby Thompson Team Hard Volkswagen 28.497s
21 Colin Turkington WSR BMW 29.002s
22 Tom Oliphant Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes 38.524s
23 Jack Goff Eurotech Racing Honda 42.987s
24 Sam Smelt AmD Tuning Audi 55.817s
- Chris Smiley BTC Norlin Honda Not classified
- Dan Cammish Team Dynamics Honda Retirement
- Tom Boardman AmD Tuning MG Retirement
- Senna Proctor Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall Retirement
- Josh Price Team BMR Subaru Retirement
- Brett Smith Eurotech Racing Honda Retirement
- James Cole Motorbase Ford Retirement
- Sam Tordoff Motorbase Ford Retirement


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