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Adam Morgan, Ciceley Racing - Q&A

The 2012 BTCC Rookie of the Year Adam Morgan talks about his hopes for his upcoming sophomore season in touring car.
Q:
Why have you decided to reinstate the family team, Ciceley Racing?

Adam Morgan:
First and foremost it made sense financially, but also when we won the Ginetta Supercup in 2011 with Ciceley Racing we had the best year ever; we all got on and did the job and enjoyed ourselves, and we had a very successful year. I know the BTCC is a big step up but hopefully we will get more success and enjoy ourselves. I have a good team behind me and I think we will get on well.

Q:
Did you learn a lot from your rookie season in the BTCC?

Adam Morgan:
An enormous amount, and in particular how competitive it is. There is so little difference between the guys at the front and those in the midfield that you have to be on top of your game the whole time. I did not go nearly as well as I had hoped. We had some good results, like qualifying fifth at Snetterton, but it was a steep learning curve and I made a few mistakes. I learned a lot and this year should be a lot better.

Q:
How do you hope to improve?

Adam Morgan:
By being consistent. We had 13 DNFs last season, I think, so this year I am working on keeping it on track and getting finishes and points. We have always had the pace: now we just need consistency and to cut out the mistakes.

My target is the top 10: I want to be consistently finishing races inside the top 10, and setting consistent lap times. It will be incredibly tough, but if the keep points ticking over and I can stay out of trouble we will end the season in good shape.

Q:
Who do you expect to be your main rivals?

Adam Morgan:
The other Toyota drivers, of course - I will want to be beating them - but there will be a lot of stiff opposition out there. It's hard to say at this stage which cars will be quick at which tracks.

Q:
Which drivers do you respect the most?

Adam Morgan:
There is a handful of really good drivers. Colin Turkington is coming back, Jason Plato is incredibly experienced and talented, and the same goes for Matt Neal and Gordon Shedden. You look up to those guys, but at the same time I am racing against them and while I want to learn from them I don't want to be giving them too much room to beat me.

Q:
What do you think of the introduction of the rule which says you must use “soft” tyres in one of the weekend's three races?

Adam Morgan:
I think it's going to make some big differences. At first it will be a total unknown for everyone: pot luck to a certain extent, having the right tyre for the right race, so long as you're in the right grid position. Some tracks are tougher on tyres than others - will the soft rubber last the full distance? But it's good; it's another element which will get teams thinking and adapting their strategies.

Q:
What about the new threat of a grid-drop penalty if you get “three strikes” against you for poor driving? And how many times were you reprimanded last year?

Adam Morgan:
I think it's fair. There are people on the grid who have been around a long time and they know how to get people out of their way. Sometimes they need to learn that they can't just bully their way through. I earned no reprimands last year at all, despite the number of crashes I had!

Q:
Where do you see yourself in five years?

Adam Morgan:
If I can, I'd still like to be in the BTCC. It's been my dream ever since I started racing. I love touring cars: the atmosphere, the crowds. I'd be well happy to get a works contract one day.



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