eBay Motors star takes his second drivers championship as MG claims manufacturer honours
â€œI suppose the main feeling is relief. We were ready to do battle until race three so I really wasnâ€™t expecting to clinch the title so early in the day. I actually thought I was a point short when I crossed the line so I didnâ€™t want to celebrate until I was absolutely sure.
â€œTo be able to celebrate with the team and my family is a really proud moment. Lewis [Colin’s son] wasnâ€™t old enough to remember the first one and part of the reason to get back into the BTCC was to do it for him, so Iâ€™m delighted.â€
Race two was all about MG KX Clubcard Fuel Save securing the Manufacturersâ€™ Championship but the encounter wasnâ€™t without incident.
Plato finished first on the road but was later penalised for his involvement in a race-ending shunt for Turkington. The eBay Motors BMW led the way in the early running before contact from the MG behind sent Turkington spinning into retirement.
Airwaves Racingâ€™s Mat Jackson took over the reins but his lead didnâ€™t last long after the multiple race-winner spun it away of the exit of Hawthorns. Plato baulked up while Jackson was having his moment, allowing the BMW of Rob Collard to nip through.
Changes for top spot were far from finished, however, after Morgan got past Plato before producing a stellar move by leader Collard at Paddock Hill Bend. Plato made it through too as Collardâ€™s soft compound tyres began to drop in performance.
Morgan then slid wide to seemingly hand victory to Plato before the latterâ€™s post-race penalty gave the Mercedes driver a maiden success. Incredibly it was also the first overall win for the German marque in the BTCC.
â€œItâ€™s brilliant,â€ beamed Morgan. â€œWeâ€™ve been praying for a podium for so long, so to get a win at the last event of the year is just fantastic.â€
Shedden produced a master class in treacherous conditions in the season finale, ending a challenging campaign on a high for Honda Yuasa Racing.
Tin-top rookie Jack Clarke scored an incredible second placed finish after seeing off a number of challengers throughout the contest. The pole-sitter lost out to the fast-starting BMW of Nick Foster off the line but he retook the lead with a great move at Graham Hill Bend.
Shedden made light work of Foster and immediately set about attacking Clarke ahead of him. The 26-year-old held on well for a number of laps before the Scotsman slipped through on the exit of Hawthorns.
Jackson completed the podium, rounding off an excellent season for the multiple race-winner in which he completed all 30 encounters. It was a hat-trick of accomplishments for Ford drivers as Dave Newsham also collected the Jack Sears Trophy for making up the most places of any Independent driver throughout the campaign.
It was all eyes on Turkington after the final chequered flag of the season, however, as he took to the podium in front of a huge crowd and collected the much coveted BTCC trophy for the second time in his career.
The glittering occasion rounded off a record breaking and hugely successful 2014 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship, which saw 31-cars take to the grid, including seven former champions. Such has been the competitiveness of the burgeoning series that Adam Morgan today became the 11th different race winner in 2014 â€“ a year that has provided more victors than in any other in the history of this illustrious championship.
So many drivers have made the top step of the podium during the season, but of course there can only be one champion, and that richly deserved accolade goes to eBay Motors star Colin Turkington.