5th – Adam Morgan
Average score out of ten: 6.8
10th out of 32
The future of the BTCC is clearly in very safe hands as another promising young talent in the shape of Adam Morgan emerged as another first-time race winner in 2014.
Morgan had already created a strong foundation resulting from a solid 2013 season in the Toyota Avensis but the Lancashire based driver made the move to the all new Mercedes A-Class hatchback over the winter under the Wix Racing banner, in turn earning himself plenty of airtime in the distinctive hatchback.
Somewhat inevitably, teething issues compromised Morgan during the early rounds, though flashes of speed in between at least gave a hint of what was to come. When the car did run without fault, Morgan very quickly began to utilise the Mercedes' staggering amount of corner speed to good effect.
His season, despite podiums eluding the outfit almost all season, would have already been classed as a largely successful year in the circumstances for Morgan but a last gasp historic maiden success for Mercedes and the 26-year old – albeit inherited from Jason Plato's post race penalty – will undoubtedly move the combination up the threat scale for 2015.
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BTCC Driver of the Year poll results so far
6. Aron Smith
7. Andrew Jordan
8. Rob Collard
9. Rob Austin
10. Sam Tordoff
About the vote:
Rather than repeat the Drivers' BTCC standings, the BTCC Driver of the Year poll asks viewers to take into account factors such as machinery, performance relative to a team-mate, driving style, experience, injuries, progress and personality just as much as race results.
Thousands of votes were cast for the 2014 Crash.net
BTCC Driver of the Year poll, where viewers awarded each of this year's top twenty classification a mark out of ten.