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Family team to run Morgan
5 November 2012
Adam Morgan will return to the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship for a second season but will be run by a new team in the shape of family-run outfit Ciceley Racing.
Morgan made his debut this season driving a Toyota Avensis for the Speedworks team and secured some impressive results, although his campaign was also beset by a number of issues not of his making that prevented him from finishing higher up the standings.
For 2013, Morgan will again drive a Toyota Avensis with the team having purchased the car that was raced by Frank Wrathall in 2011.
“We are well on the way with the project, and we are enjoying getting the old team back together around us and planning Ciceley Racing's BTCC debut,” Adam's father Russell said. “It will be a big step for us, and we are looking for an experienced race engineer to help us, but we are relishing the challenge.
“The only sadness is that it means the end of our fruitful association with Speedworks Motorsport. Christian Dick and his team have worked tirelessly on Adam's behalf throughout this season and have helped bring him on in leaps and bounds, for which we will be eternally grateful. This was not an easy decision for us and finances were the main consideration.
“Our hope for 2013 is for an improvement in Adam's luck and to become a top-ten regular, and then maybe to be able to snatch a podium.”
Morgan himself said he was ready for the challenge of being back with the family-run team that carried him to the Ginetta GT Supercup crown in 2011 – earning him the chance to compete in the BTCC in the process.
“We have a lot of work to do and a lot of stuff to sort out, but it should be great and I am really looking forward to it,” he said. “This is a family team and everyone likes really to get stuck in and to help out. We will be organising every aspect of every race weekend ourselves and that is something that we all enjoy doing. Obviously it's a bit of a step up to touring cars, but we are going to give it a go: it all worked really well for us in 2011 in Ginettas.
“It's a shame to be leaving Speedworks: they are a great bunch of lads and despite my not having had the best season's racing they have been great at helping me out and keeping me focused and committed, so I really want to say a massive thank-you to them
“Now we are going to crack on and hopefully get the Toyota ready well before the season starts so we can get out testing. We would really like to get everything done well in advance and get five or six days of testing in the bag so that we are fully prepared and ready to go, and hopefully we can then hit the ground running.
“This year was a challenging one for me. I learned a great deal about the car and about set-up. I believe I showed that I have the pace to compete in the top ten. Now it is all about now getting the results.”