ALEX MORGAN BATTLES THROUGH THE PACK, TO TAKE HARD EARNED DOUBLE-POINTS FINISH IN ESTORIL
The first round of the SEAT León Eurocup roared into action at Estoril this weekend. An action-packed first two rounds, where Alex Morgan harnessed the pure pace of his Wolf Power Racing car, battling to 5th and 8th place.
Following his sensational debut season, propelling him confidently into the first rounds, the 29-year-old stormed the Friday test sessions. His speed lined him up 3rd fastest, giving a positive boost heading into qualifying. Unfortunately a broken driveshaft on his out lap curbed his qualifying chances, forcing him to the back of the grid for both races. With luck against him, his racing spirit and determination gave Alex the opportunity to fight his way through in each round. Both races provided perfect weather conditions for a hard-fought on track battle.
Taking the wheel of his Wolf Power car, race one saw a flawless start from Alex, eyes firmly set on every available gap. Fighting his way back through a hectic first lap, he launched himself to 7th place in the opening lap alone. Hot on the heels of Hernandez, on lap 3 he powered round the outside to 6th place. Making up an impressive 9 places in the first race, he crossed the line in 5th. The race showcased the talents of the Reading-based driver, giving him every confidence that with the power of the 2016 SEAT León beneath him, a victory is firmly within his grasp this season.
“I can take positives from the weekend, as we were quick, overtaking a serious number of cars in both races”
Following a successful first race, Alex hoped for a repeat performance in race two. Battling from the back, he was immediately blocked off the line. As the pack swept around the Portuguese circuit, Alex hunted down every opportunity to make up the places. But after sustaining heavy damage in a hard battle for 7th he lost ground which dampened his hopes. Never one to give up, the irrefutable racer fought back to 8th position to earn valuable championship points in both opening rounds.
Speaking about the season opener, Morgan commented:
“Two points finishes were crucial and I am happy with the results considering my start positions. I’m a firm believer that the hard work for a race weekend is done in qualifying. That was definitely proved this weekend, with an uphill challenge for myself and the team, after issues faced on Saturday morning”
With a challenging start to the season, Alex looks to take the fight to the front at the next two rounds. Boosted by his total confidence in pace and ability, he has his sights set on a promising result in front of the home crowd in a few weeks time.
“We’ll come back strong at Silverstone and we’ll be aiming for podiums at my home race”
After the first two rounds, Alex Morgan earned 14 points and lines up in 8th in the championship standings. The SEAT León Eurocup season continues at Silverstone on 14th-15th May.