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Ciceley Motorsport bows out of BTCC

Ciceley Motorsport has announced that it is to step away from the British Touring Car Championship and will not be part of the grid for the 2023 season.

The team debuted in the series back in 2013 with a Toyota Avensis for Adam Morgan, and has since gone on to run the Mercedes A Class and then the BMW 330 in recent seasons – having also run drivers including Tom Oliphant, Dan Rowbottom and George Gamble.

Having scored a total of twelve wins – eleven for Morgan and one for Gamble – the team will now step away from the series to focus on competing elsewhere, with plans to focus on historic competition.

“It’s been an incredible journey,” team owner Russell Morgan said. “It was a very emotional decision for me to call time on the team in its current form as Adam and I have raced as ‘dad and lad’ since he was seven years old.

“I am incredibly proud of what we have achieved at Ciceley Motorsport, initially from my garage at home and later having grown into a professional race car team competing at the very highest level in the UK. Now is the time for a change, however.”

The future plans for Adam Morgan, who has raced for the team for every season in the BTCC bar his debut campaign with Speedworks, are yet to be confirmed.

“I’m very happy, yet sad at the same time,” he said. “Most of the team have been with us since the beginning of my career in 2010. We have definitely had many more ups than downs and shared some amazing experiences together, but the time has come for a change. It’s not the end though. The Ciceley name will live on in historic racing and I fully intend to continue competing at the highest level of UK motorsport, so you can expect news on my plans in the very near future.

“On a personal level, I have a two-year-old whirlwind of a son and eight-month-old twins, so I owe my amazing wife, Caroline, more time at home. Running a team is a full-time job and Caroline has more than a full-time job looking after the ‘ankle biters’. Professionally, I owe the lads in the team so much. They have been outstanding and always given 110 per cent.

“I also have to thank every partner that turned our BTCC journey into one big adventure that resulted in twelve wins, 39 podium finishes, a pole position and 15 fastest laps. It would take hours to name everybody, but particular thanks is due to our amazing title sponsors in Wix Filters, Mac Tools, Carlube Triple R and Car Gods. I am so grateful to every single person that has supported and believed in us, financially or otherwise.”