Adam Morgan confident of strong 2019 campaign

Adam Morgan says he feels confident about challenging at the sharp end of the grid after officially confirming his plans for the 2019 BTCC season.

Morgan will embark on his eighth season in the series this year as he continues at the wheel of one of the two Mercedes A Class cars being run by the family Ciceley Motorsport squad alongside series newcomer Dan Rowbottom.

The Lancashire based racer will hope to benefit from a number of revisions that have been made to the Mercedes over the winter to launch a championship challenge having seen bad luck derail his title bid in recent years.

Initial tests of the revised car will take place in Spain this week, with Ciceley one of the teams to have headed for the Circuit Calafat in search of more favourable weather conditions.

“We have been through another round of weight saving with the car,” he said. “By doing that, it means we can put ballast in parts of the chassis which will help the handling.

“We’ve developed the chassis, too. I don’t think that the age of the car is an issue. Look at the Toyota Avensis that Speedworks ran last year. That’s not a fresh car and it was one of the fastest out there in 2018.

“We have worked through a comprehensive testing schedule and we have done some detailed simulation work to try and understand the set-ups more. We will try some radical things in testing and I’m sure we’ll unlock some more pace from the car.”

Morgan added that he was looking forward to working alongside line-time friend Rowbottom during the season ahead, with the Clio Cup graduate taking the seat vacated by WSR-bound Tom Oliphant.

“It’s great to have Rowbo in the team,” he said. “We get on really well and I can’t wait to start working with him.

“We enjoyed some real scraps together in karting and although he says he always beat me, I don’t remember it like that!

“Dan has been up to the workshop a lot over the winter and is already getting on really well with his engineering team, he has fitted in straight away.”