As I continure to write for Race Drivers Inc, they hooked me up with the star of Ginetta’s 2011 series, Adam Morgan…. here’s what happened.
Whilst who’s driving what and for who is still to be decided ahead of the 2012 BTCC season, one thing is certain; Adam Morgan can look forward to an all-expenses paid-drive in the 2012 British Touring Car Championship.
Having driven his Ciceley Racing-prepared G55 to claim victory in the 2011 Michelin Ginetta GT Supercup champion during a very tense final round at Silverstone, a delighted Adam is looking forward to joining making his “dreams come true” alongside the BTCC big boys.
Travelling to Silverstone four points behind his chief rival Carl Breeze, Adam knew it was all still to play for in the final outing in what was a very tense final round, so tense in fact that my hands were getting clammy, and I was watching it from my sofa. Luckily Adam was feeling just as tense, if not more, he joked; “I know exactly what you mean, I was still shaking after the race for a couple of hours.”
Whilst many young drivers can only dream of taking a seat in the BTCC, Adam is still very much in awe of what he’s achieved as a 23 year old driver; “I am so excited to be a part of the 2012 British Touring Cars, it’s the dream for any young driver, and it’s undoubtedly the pinnacle of tin top racing in the UK. I just never expected to have made it in just two years.”
After moving from a 2010 drive with Dynojet to establish his own team in 2011, Adam told us; “It was different! [running my own car] It was hard work and I had to take a lot on board but I had learnt a lot from Dynojet the year before and to be honest, it was just a good laugh. I had no ‘proper’ mechanics, they were all just my dad’s mates but everyone just had fun, had a laugh and it all just worked really.”
However, as with most of the drivers looking towards the 2012 season, Adam is still unsure who or what he’ll be driving during his inaugural Touring Car season. Whilst a drive is guaranteed, there is still a lot left to sort out; “We are still talking to Ginetta and hopefully something will be sorted within the next couple of weeks.”
He’s been busy testing in Dynojet’s Next Generation Touring Car (NGTC) to try and get to grips with a front wheel drive car; “Having never raced a front wheel car before, it’s obviously a little bit daunting, so I want to get in as much practise as I possibly can.
The question is, had he not been given this ‘free pass’ into the BTCC, would Adam have liked to have progressed further with Ginetta, perhaps into one of their Le Mans cars? “To be honest, from a career point of view, being in the touring cars is the best thing for me. I did love driving Ginettas, they were REAL cars, and the real wheel drive means you can slide them everywhere. They are PROPER cars!”
Speaking of sliding, we all know that Ginetta drivers have a tendency to leave racetracks littered with wing mirrors and bodywork, so the real question is, will Adam be taking some of his paint swapping habits with him when he faces the likes of Jason Plato?
“I have been thinking about this a lot at home. It’s going to take me a while to get used to it. for them, they’ve been doing it for years, but when I get out in the car for the first time and I don’t know what’s going to happen and I start getting pushed around a bit, I think it’s going to be a bit of a shock. But hopefully it won’t take me long to adapt and I’ll be getting amongst it. That said, I might just come in and knock a few people off in my first race, just to let them think I know what I’m doing.”
If he doesn’t know what he’s doing, he really has us, hook, line and sinker, because as one of the brightest young racers in the sport today, we predict great things to come from this Lancashire Lad.