Mon, 19 September 2016
Alex Morgan ascended the podium for a sensational third time in two weeks, as he took to the track at Nurburgring this weekend. Carrying his triumph through from Red Bull Ring just last weekend, the Welsh-born driver confidently pushed to a perfectly executed second place, from fifth on the grid. Boosted by encouraging pace in the test sessions, a difficult qualifying session meant Alex narrowly missed out on a top 3 start position, lining up 5th on the grid for Race One. Unphased by the challenge, the Wolf-Power driver engaged his attack, with confidence in his performance at a track where he took victory in his maiden season. His faith and determination were rewarded in a stunning display of speed and talent, as Alex made up 3 places on the first lap. Putting pedal to the metal, Alex relentlessly hunted down the leader Mikel Azcona, and opened out a comfortable margin over championship leader Niels Langeveld behind. Despite eating into the gap of Azcona, the leader’s fresher tyres meant the win was just out of reach. Taking his third podium in succession, Alex was delighted in his enthralling performance:
“Race 1 went perfectly to plan. I made a great first lap overtaking three cars, and got into P2 straight away. I pushed really hard to chase down the leader but he started on new tyres and was a little too far ahead for me to close the gap. My race pace was really good, I kept a decent gap over Niels and Julien behind to take 2nd place, which was my third podium in a row!"Encouraged by his success in Race One, Alex focussed on repeating his good fortune in the second race. Starting from P6, the tenacious racer sped off the line to make his way to P5, hungrily chasing the pack ahead with a perfect line into turn one. Charging around the historic German circuit, Alex was dealt a blow as championship rival Azcona hit the back of his car at Turn 3 sending him off the track. Battling on to regain the places he’d lost, he eventually was forced to retire before the race had truly begun, following damage to his radiator.
“Starting in P6 for race 2, I was confident of a repeat performance of the first race but it wasn't to be. I was close to the pack in front and as I was about to attack them, I got hit off at turn 3 losing a load of places. I was then forced to retire due to a damaged radiator, which was a disaster as I scored no points."Cruelly missing out on valuable championship points, Alex maintains a positive outlook as he looks forward to the final round:
"Unfortunately I think I'm now too far behind to win the championship, but I'll head to the last race of the season in Barcelona aiming for two podiums finishes. I was fast there last year and I know the car will be good, so I'm expecting big things!"The SEAT León Eurocup championship reaches a thrilling climax at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Spain on 5-6th November, where Alex is poised to finish the season on a high. Catch up with all the races so far on Youtube.