Adam Morgan and Ciceley Motorsport teamed up with WIX Racing for a third year for the 2016 championship. It was a mixed year for Morgan, who took two wins this season and finished third in the championship.
Morgan started on a high at Brands Hatch. After two top ten finishes, the WIX Racing driver started the final race of the weekend from the front row of the grid. He enjoyed a tough battle with pole sitter Sam Tordoff, but managed to get past the West Surrey Racing driver and into the lead of the race before a safety car period. On the restart, Morgan had to manage his soft tyres to make it to the end of the race, all the while defending against the cars behind him. He did that superbly, taking his first win of the season.
Things didn’t go quite so well at Donington, where red flags in qualifying and a heavy car made it difficult for Morgan to get far into the points. Instead of ending the race weekend on a win, it ended on a retirement. After making contact with another driver, Morgan’s car was left stranded in the gravel.
Morgan managed to get onto the podium again at Thruxton, though the weekend didn’t start well after the car was damaged in an accident in FP1. The WIX team were able to repair the Mercedes, allowing Morgan to qualify sixth for the first race of the weekend. On the fastest track on the circuit, Morgan ran well, managing to dodge the wreckages at the end of the race to emerge the winner. Morgan backed that up with two third places, proving the win wasn’t entirely due to luck.
That was the last time Morgan would stand on the podium for a while. Though the WIX driver would, more often than not, finish inside the top ten, it wouldn’t be until Silverstone that Morgan ended up on the podium. A difficult weekend at Oulton Park, where the car simply didn’t suit the track, meant tenth was the best Morgan was able to achieve before collision after collision stopped Morgan from getting anywhere in the first two races at Croft. The WIX driver took a fourteenth place in the final race, meaning he’d taken twelve points in the past six races.
Snetterton seemed to be a bounce back for Morgan, who managed a best ever qualifying result on Saturday morning, putting his Mercedes third on the grid. A fast moving Mat Jackson took the podium place early in the race though, and Morgan dropped back to fourth. Jackson continued to play the nemesis for Morgan the entire weekend, keeping Morgan away from the podium.
Despite contact and difficulties getting the tyres to work, Morgan took six points finishes at Knockhill and Rockingham, before the BTCC circus headed to Silverstone.
Morgan had a difficult start to the weekend, with red flags stopping qualifying. Though he was able to qualify fifth, Morgan thought he could have done better had it been a clean session. With a car that felt down on power, Morgan struggled during the first race, but only dropped back a single place. After the race, with the two MG drivers excluded from the results, Morgan was promoted to fourth.
Quick moving at the start of the second race moved Morgan up to second, where he kept close on the back of Andrew Jordan, who was running the softer tyres. Morgan waited his time, looking for the perfect opportunity to strike, but that never came, and he would eventually follow Jordan past the chequered flag.
With the ballast on board, things didn’t go quite so well in the final race of the weekend. The car was difficult to handle, and Morgan overstepped the track limits one too many times, the stewards awarding him a drive through penalty for his efforts. That took him out of the points, a poor end to a good weekend.
Morgan ended the season with three points finishes, including two top ten finishes, which consolidated his ninth place in the overall championship, third in the Independents trophy.
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