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27 Whal­ley,lancs BTCC racer at Good­wood

He started in his­toric ral­ly­ing “When I was grow­ing up I watched my dad do­ing var­i­ous forms of mo­tor­sport and when I was 17 he was out in a Ford Es­cort in his­toric ral­ly­ing. I showed a bit of in­ter­est and next thing I knew I had a baby blue Es­cort Mk1 with a 1600cc pushrod en­gine.”

It was a great place to learn “That’s how it all started for me and I had lots of fun. It was my dad Rus­sell and his co-driver Martin Kenyon, and Martin’s son Chris was my co-driver. It was a re­ally nice ex­pe­ri­ence. It taught me the ba­sics of car con­trol and how to slide a car. It was a re­ally good plat­form to start from.”

He raced a Mazda tour­ing car “At the Sil­ver­stone Clas­sic last sum­mer I was meant to be rac­ing in a BMW but we bumped into Ric Wood and he of­fered me the chance to race his Mazda 323 tour­ing car. I jumped at the op­por­tu­nity and it has gone from there. I loved driv­ing the Mazda.”

He’s in a Capri at Good­wood “I had my first run in the Capri at Don­ing­ton Park and it is beau­ti­ful. All of Ric’s cars are pre­pared im­mac­u­lately and he loves his Capris. He does a lot of the en­gines and he knows ev­ery­thing about them. I’m very thank­ful to him for giv­ing me the op­por­tu­nity to share the Capri in the Gerry Mar­shall race at Good­wood this week­end.”

He’d love to do more “It’s a one-off at the mo­ment but I hope I can get some­where near the front for Ric and it will lead on to some more races. I’d jump at the chance to do some more his­toric rac­ing in any­thing with wheels and an en­gine. Just so long as I’m out rac­ing, I’m more than happy.”

He likes the his­tory “I’ve al­ways loved mo­tor­sport and I started kart­ing when I was about seven and I’ve al­ways had a mas­sive en­thu­si­asm for it. It’s good to sam­ple the cars that the tour­ing car guys from back in the day were driv­ing, with very lim­ited driver aids. I’d never been to Good­wood un­til a cou­ple of weeks ago and it is a very old-school cir­cuit. That’s how the real men used to do it!”

Mor­gan loves his­torics

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