WIX Racing's Adam Morgan says establishing that 1.5 second buffer back to the chasing BMW's during the halfway point of the third British Touring Car race was a key factor of his race three success after basking in glory at Brands Hatch.
The Mercedes A-Class driver started the final race of the weekend on the front row, directly between the fast starting RWD BMW's of pole sitter Sam Tordoff and Jack Goff in third.
Crucially, Morgan managed to hold onto second position after firmly shutting the door on Goff, giving the Mercedes the opportunity to immediately hunt down Tordoff's 1 Series.
It wasn't long before Morgan passed Tordoff for the lead and remained in that position having successfully preserved his tyres for long enough to keep the BMW's at bay.
"I think it was best start I've had all weekend. I was I'd end up third going into turn one but I managed to just get ahead of Jack and attack Sam," Morgan told Crash.net.
"We knew it was going to be a bit of a mix up with new cars, new drivers and new engines. We knew we had a fairly strong package. That last race I was on soft tyres and we knew the BMW's would come on strong at the end but we set the car up quite conservatively and looked after the tyres pretty well.
"Just getting that little break from the safety car start just gave me enough laps to hang on at the end without Sam [Tordoff] really, really hassling me. Absolutely chuffed to bits."
Morgan also admitted that his plan to back Tordoff back into the clutches of Goff, gave him that final bit of breathing space he needed to cross the line for his third win in the series.
"The second to last lap I kind of backed up Sam quite a bit to give Jack [Goff] a chance to get Sam, which gave me that vital bit of breathing space. I still needed to defend pretty heavily into the last corner though."