Ashleigh Morris has enjoyed a successful weekend in the Scottish BMW Championship at Rockingham. Learning a new circuit was never going to be easy, but Morris showed good speed throughout the weekend to come away two solid results as well as superb lap time improvements across the sessions. After qualifying in 11th, Ashleigh finished race one in 12th after running inside the top-10 during the early stages. Further headway was made in race two where Morris finished in 10th whilst turning her best lap of the weekend as she enjoyed a number of close battles with her rivals.
After making the most of the Friday test session leading up to the weekend, Ashleigh was set for qualifying on Saturday morning aiming to make further improvements. From the outset, Morris set a good pace as she continued to learn the challenging circuit while fighting for a top-10 starting position. With each and every lap, Ashleigh gained more time with her best lap of the session coming on her final circuit, a sign of improvements to come with Rockingham being notoriously tough on tyres. Almost getting within three seconds of the pole position time, Ashleigh qualified in 11th ahead of the two races to come across the weekend.
Race one began later in the day with Ashleigh making a solid start, completing the first lap in 12th after negotiating the tricky run down into the first corner. On lap three, Morris moved up to 11th and set about lapping quickly as she soon moved inside the top-10 while gaining confidence as she continued to progress through the field. Unfortunately, a spin on lap five halted Ashleigh’s progress as she hit some oil laid down by a fellow driver. Nonetheless, Morris battled hard in the closing stages to finish the opening race in 12th, with a number of positives to take from her debut race at Rockingham.
Starting race two from the sixth row of the grid courtesy of her finish earlier in the day, Ashleigh made a good start and moved in 11th by the end of lap one. Making some good moves on the following lap saw Morris rise to ninth, a position which she was able to successfully defend for a short period after. Despite being shuffled back to 11th on lap five and then 12th after Stephen Goldie made his way past, Ashleigh set her fastest lap of the weekend as she set to gain back the lost time. Making up a position in the closing stage, Morris finished race two in 11th in tough conditions at Rockingham to complete a weekend which she made superb improvements during the course of the weekend. Ashleigh enjoyed further good news after the checkered flag as a penalty for a fellow driver promoted her into the top-10.
Ashleigh should be extremely satisfied with her progress at Rockingham, in some tough of the toughest racing conditions all year. Competing away from Knockhill for the first time this season, Morris would’ve taking in lots of information which she will be able to apply for the remaining rounds of the Scottish BMW Championship. The next round of the series will take place at the start of July where Ashleigh will be aim to continue her progress and secure some more strong results.