Morgan claims maiden BTCC pole
Adam Morgan has scored his maiden BTCC pole position. Mac Tools with Ciceley Motorsport driver set the quickest qualifying time of 1:22.835 at Rockingham with the Mercedes-Benz A-Class car, just one tenth of second faster than Team GardX Racing with Motorbase’s Sam Tordoff.
The top 28 cars were covered by less than a second around the 1.94-mile circuit, whilst a number of championship challengers even failed to trouble the top ten. Dan Cammish put the Halfords Yuasa Racing’ Honda Civic Type R on third, finishing behind Tordoff who had led the way for much of the runningin his Ford Focus RS.
Mike Bushell backed-up his practice pace with a career-best fourth place in qualifying, ahead of the BTC Norlin Racing duo of Daniel Lloyd and Chris Smiley.
Tom Chilton‘s championship hopes are still alive – albeit from eighth in the current standings – and the Motorbase man will start tomorrow’s opener from seventh of the grid, lining-up alongside the WIX Racing with Eurotech Honda of Brett Smith.
The Adrian Flux Subaru Racing duo of Jason Plato and Ash Sutton completed the top ten positions with the elder statesman getting the better of his reigning champion team-mate.
“It’s taken six years and it feels like a win! My highest ever qualifying position up until today was third and now I can tick the box, I’m over the moon“, Adam Morgan said, “We knew we had it in us, it’s just taken forever to get there. A massive thanks to the team – they deserve this. We struggled at Croft and we had the pace at Snetterton to be top five in all of the races. Luck wasn’t on our side and I made a few mistakes but I’ve made up for it today. Tomorrow’s another day and I hope we’ll be able to keep ourselves up the order through all three races. 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.“