Mon, 07 November 2016
Alex Morgan clinched fourth place in the SEAT León Eurocup championship, in an action-packed finale at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya this weekend. Taking to the wheel of his Wolf-Power charger for the final time, the Welsh-born driver pushed to the limit, to give a valiant end to his 2016 season. Arriving at the home of the SEAT León Eurocup, the Spanish crowds were treated to a gripping final two rounds of frenetic wheel-to-wheel competition, with Alex Morgan right in the thick of it. Encouraged by impressive pace on Friday, his speed only second to the series champion Langeveld in the final practice, Alex revved up his attack to finish the season on a high. Dry running was replaced by a ribbon of wet tarmac for qualifying, rising to the tough challenge Alex pulled every inch of grip to qualify in a respectable 4th place for Race One. Perfectly placed on the second row, he unleashed the raw speed of his Wolf-Power racer off the line to clinch 3rd heading into Turn One. As the field tightly squeezed into the sweeping complex of the first two corners, an unfortunate heavy hit to the rear compromised Morgan’s position. Gallantly battling against the damage throughout the 14 lap race, a 5th place finish saw Alex secure fourth in the championship.
“I had a great start in the first race and was up to P3, unfortunately I was hit heavily on the rear corner and had to battle race long with handling issues. It was good to still take P5 nevertheless and it was enough to secure me 4th place in the standings for the season”Starting from sixth in the reverse grid race, and confident of the pace in his Wolf-Power Racing car, Alex gave pursuit for a podium finish. Executing a flawless start, launching his charger into P2 as chaos ensued behind. With the bit between his teeth and hunger for victory, Alex relentlessly hounded the back of David Cebrián. Providing another edge-of-seat battle to the flag, with the win in sight, the tenacious driver saw his chance in a final lap attack, running around the outside of Cebrián into turn one giving him the inside for turn two. After a desperate squeeze by Cebrián, the pair ran side by side but on the exit of the corner, contact from Cebrián’s front wheel to Alex’s rear wheel caused significant damage to both cars. After a mighty display of control, with tyres smoking, Alex drifted round the outside of turn three and made it to the finish in P6.
“I made possibly my best start of the season, and settled into p2. I knew tyre wear was crucial at this circuit and so I applied pressure to Cebrián whilst saving my tyres for a chance to challenge for the lead. That opportunity came on the last lap, and after making a dive for the inside at turn 2, he started to close the door and eventual contact to my rear right corner ended my chances of taking the win. I'm disappointed with the end result but the move was on. His tyres were finished and any driver in my position pushing for victory would have done the same.”A challenging weekend for the Wolf-Power driver, brought the end of a hard-fought season. With a striking tally of six podiums and 165 points, Alex Morgan proved his worth, with a superb campaign of talent and raw speed. Speaking on his success, Alex Morgan praised the work of Wolf-Power Racing team and looked ahead to the possibilities of 2017:
“The season has been a success all in all. I've been on the receiving end of some bad luck, but that's racing, we’ve still come away with 6 podiums and P4 in the championship. Wolf Power Racing have been tremendous throughout and I've enjoyed every minute of being a driver for them. I am not sure what is possible for next season, but I'll be working hard over the winter in preparation for a future drive.”