First win for Morgan in race two at Brands Hatch after Plato penalty
BTCC News | Sun 12th October 2014Adam Morgan claimed his first BTCC victory after Jason Plato was penalised for contact with champion-elect Colin Turkington in the second race of the day at Brands Hatch.
By Matt Lamprell
Morgan finished the race in second after running wide while leading the race. However, he was subsequently promoted to race winner following Plato's penalty.
Plato again started from pole position, but Turkington took the lead away from the line. Just as in the first race, there was an early safety car period. This time, it was triggered by Alain Menu spinning off into the barrier on the exit from Paddock.
It was on the restart of the race, at the start of lap four, that Plato made his move on Turkington. The BMW was ahead as they went towards Paddock Hill Bend, but Plato was on the inside line and the nose of his MG made contact with the rear of Turkington’s 1 Series. It was sufficient to send Turkington off into the gravel on the outside of Paddock.
As Plato recovered from the contact, Mat Jackson crept through on the inside to move into the lead of the race. However, the Airwaves Racing driver’s lead was shortlived as he spun and hit the barrier on the exit from Hawthorns.
The safety car was deployed for a second time to allow Turkington’s BMW to be recovered. Meanwhile, Turkington’s teammate Rob Collard was the main beneficiary of Jackson’s off, inheriting the lead of the race.
When the race resumed again, Collard came under pressure from Plato. He fended off the MG’s advances, but Plato couldn’t fully focus on attack, as he was under pressure himself from Adam Morgan in third.
It was Morgan who was the first to make a move stick, managing to pass Plato into Druids on lap 14. Morgan then claimed the lead at the end of the same lap, taking the inside line onto the start-finish straight. Plato followed the Mercedes through the gap into second place.
Morgan looked well placed to take his first victory, but a small mistake saw him run wide, which allowed Plato back through. There were no such mistakes from the experienced Plato, who went on to take the win, only to have it taken away by the stewards after the race.
Morgan finished second, which later became first. After Plato's penalty - a 20 second time penalty - Tordoff took second and Collard, third. Fourth place went to Andrew Jordan, ahead of Tom Ingram, Gordon Shedden and Aron Smith. Jack Goff and Nick Foster finished eighth and ninth respectively, with Jack Clarke in tenth.
Jason Plato said of his clash with Turkington: “I got a great run out of Clearways and that was my move really. I went down the inside of Colin and it looked like there was a gap. Right at the last minute, he closed the door. I just caught the grass, so I couldn’t brake.”
Adam Morgan said, “It’s brilliant. We’ve been waiting for a podium for so long, so to get it at the last meeting of the season is amazing. It’s taken all year and we’ve had some bad luck along the way, but I’m so pleased with that.”