Adam Morgan won the third British Touring Car race at Thruxton in comfortable style from a hard-charging Jack Goff in second with Senna Proctor third.
Adam Morgan got off to a great start from pole and led from the outset. Colin Turkington also got a typically great start in is BMW but couldn’t find a way past Senna Proctor or Sam Tordoff. Jack Goff secured his first overtake of the race by going through on Matt Neal at Church to grab sixth on the opening lap.
Tom Ingram who was battling his way through the pack getting passed Rob Collard as they headed into Church on lap three moving up to tenth.
On a weekend that promised so much for Brett Smith after a fantastic qualifying performance on Saturday, damage to his rear right toe-link caused a DNF.
Goff continued to move forward grabbing fifth from Josh Cook who was carrying maximum ballast. On the following lap – lap seven, Goff then went around the outside of Colin Turkington at the Complex. He then went up the inside of Sam Tordoff into the chicane on lap eight.
Tom Ingram then went up the inside of Matt Simpson at the Complex on lap ten, getting a little touch in the rear from Simpson just after he completed the move. He then moved passed Chris Smiley at Allard’s on lap twelve to move into eighth position.
Meanwhile, the battle for second was heating up. Senna Proctor ran wide coming out of the chicane and Goff took advantage, going up the inside at Allard’s to get second on the penultimate lap.
Adam Morgan came home to win his second race of the season from Jack Goff and Senna Proctor. Sam Tordoff got his third fourth place finish of the day with Colin Turkington rounding off a solid day’s work finishing fifth. Josh Cook held onto sixth with maximum ballast. Tom Ingram managed to pass Matt Neal on the final lap to get seventh place, saving what looked like being a very hard and challenging day after the technical problems in race one.
After the race Adam Morgan admitted, “I didn’t expect it to be honest, I thought Senna (Proctor) would put us under a bit more pressure. I got the start hooked up and as soon as I got around turn three, I thought right – that’s it, that’s the gap, qualifying laps from now, let’s just get on with it and go! Senna (Proctor) kept us honest all the way and I saw Jack (Goff) flying up behind as well, but the last lap I had enough of a gap so I could enjoy the moment.”
Adam Morgan leaves Thruxton as Championship leader by just one solitary point from Josh Cook meaning he will head into Oulton Park with maximum ballast. Morgan said, “That’s the first for us (to be Championship leader), it’s just testament to the team, they’ve worked their socks off all winter and all race season so far. We go into our favourite race track Oulton Park, after a massive fire last year with full ballast on so heads up and we’ll look forward to Oulton (Park).”
Second pace Jack Goff said, “It’s been a hard weekend. We came into this weekend on the back of last year at Thruxton with an improved car and we expected to be fighting in the top five or six in qualifying. We had a few problems on Saturday and in race one where we managed to keep it on the black stuff. We got slightly better in race two and in race three, the Wix Racing with Eurotech guys have given me such a fantastic Type-R, so I owe it all to them guys.”
Speaking on the overtake on Senna Proctor, Jack commented, “I think he was hoping there was one less lap and I was hoping there was another three or four laps. I could see he was struggling with his tyres and I knew I was faster in the third sector, so I knew if I managed to get the first part of the chicane right we might just be able to cut our nose back and get alongside him. Senna (Proctor) was very fair and he (Senna Proctor) could have fought me a little harder but a podium’s great for both of us.”
Senna Proctor stated that, “We went after Adam (Morgan) a little bit too hard at the start and ruined the tyres a bit. When I saw Jack (Goff) coming I tried to push on a bit when it probably wasn’t really there in the tyres. The tweaks we made between race two and three seemed to work with a strong race with 33kg’s of ballast on, so it’s a great result for everyone. It would have been nice to keep second, but yeah – a great result for everyone.”
Thruxton provided another three great Touring Car races with no puncture’s or safety cars which is good. The circus now moves on to Oulton Park.
By Jordan Hollands
Pictures courtesy of the British Touring Cars