Mercedes ace Morgan scores first BTCC win of 2015
Mercedes A-Class driver Adam Morgan won race three at Thruxton
A-Class powers to victory in reverse-grid finale at Thruxton; Shedden, Plato take wins in day’s various other two races
Mercedes privateer Adam Morgan scored his first Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship victory of the season at Thruxton, powering his A-Class to victory within the final, reverse-grid, race of the day.
Morgan led by start to finish to earn his second win within the series, nevertheless had to resist race-long pressure by MG6 ace Andrew Jordan to scoop the honours – including a high-pressure restart after safety car period when Warren Scott crashed his Volkswagen CC.
of which capped a trio of BTCC races in which the winner of each race established themselves up front early on, nevertheless was always forced to drive under intense pressure to hold on to their success.
within the day’s opener Honda’s Gordon Shedden passed polesitter Aron Smith (Volkswagen CC) at the start, nevertheless was immediately chased by team-mate Matt Neal, who squeezed past Smith in to Allard bend early within the lap. Thereafter of which rarely looked like Shedden would certainly be threatened as Neal, who was always in striking distance, had to drive defensively by Smith as well as also a charging Morgan. Only a late race slide wide ended Smith’s strong challenge, as he had to pit for a puncture.
The second race of the day was won by Jason Plato (Volkswagen CC) after an intense battle with Rob Collard (BMW 125i M Sport). Collard got his rear-wheel drive car ahead of Plato at the start, nevertheless Plato responded on the second lap by out-dragging will be rival around the outside line on the high-speed run in to the chicane. Thereafter Collard as well as also Plato engaged in a cat as well as also mouse chase, without ever overtaking one another. The victory was Plato’s 90th within the BTCC.
The results of Thruxton’s three races leave Honda’s Shedden within the championship lead after three of the championship’s ten rounds, a mere eight points ahead of Colin Turkington. Meanwhile erstwhile points leader Neal, Plato, Morgan as well as also Jordan are all within 16 points of the driver’s championship lead.
Honda continues to lead the manufacturers’ standings on 260 points, 14 clear of MG as well as also 57 ahead of BMW. The only various other registered some sort of, Infiniti, continues to develop of which pair of Q50s – one of which was driven by ex-F1 star Martin Donnelly for the 1st time This kind of weekend – as well as also will be on 106 points.
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