Morgan Kidd crowned AIRTEC Motorsport Fiesta ST240 Club class champion
In just her first full season of circuit racing, Morgan Kidd has claimed the AIRTEC Motorsport Fiesta ST240 Championship Club class title after an excellent season that included five victories, nine fastest laps and two pole positions.
In just her first full season of circuit racing, Morgan Kidd has claimed the AIRTEC Motorsport Fiesta ST240 Championship Club class title after an excellent season competing with JRW Motorsport.
Claiming five victories, nine fastest laps and two pole positions, both coming in the final two rounds of the championship, Morgan’s speed and consistency made her the driver to beat across the season. Despite facing significant adversity in the season finale at Silverstone, Kidd secured enough points to be crowned Club class champion.
After a sensational treble victory at Croft, Morgan arrived at Silverstone aiming to secure the AIRTEC Motorsport Fiesta ST240 Club class championship. The International layout was a new circuit to Kidd who took full advantage of Friday’s test sessions to familiarise herself with the track.
Saturday morning brought a fifteen-minute qualifying session and it was another superb session for Morgan who made a significant improvement on her penultimate lap to secure her second consecutive pole position. This lap time saw the JRW Motorsport driver enjoy a six tenth of a second advantage over her nearest class rival, while lining up a career-best fifth overall and less than half a second away from overall pole.
Lining up on Club class pole for race one, it was a tricky start for Morgan who dropped four overall positions on lap one, while losing the class lead to Sean Reynolds. Kidd was quickly back on pace and regained top position on lap two, also overtaking Pro class driver Joseph Knight. The following lap saw the JRW Motorsport driver become the fastest driver on track, displaying the race pace which saw her claim all three Club class victories last time out.
The middle portion of the race was characterised by Morgan enjoying thrilling battles with a number of the Pro class drivers, with their jostling of position leading to Reynolds making inroads for the Club class lead. Kidd continued to hold her own around more experienced drivers and was unfortunate not to move forward in the overall classification.
By lap ten, Reynolds had cut the gap to just two tenths of a second, but two laps later misfortune struck as Morgan received contact which forced her to retire from the Club class lead. Although it was a disappointing end to the race, Kidd claimed fastest lap which further demonstrated her speed.
Following the damage from the race one incident, the JRW Motorsport team did a fantastic job in repairing the car which included an engine change. Unfortunately a broken clip led to the engine receiving no boost which significantly impacted Morgan’s speed during the course of race two.
However, with a sizeable championship lead having already been built up, Kidd was just required to finish the race in order to claim the required points to claim the Club class championship. A hard-fought final race of the year saw Morgan take the checkered flag seventh in class and this ensured that she secured the championship title.
Morgan began the year with exceptional consistency and completed every racing lap of the season prior to Silverstone. Her race pace came to the fore during the middle portion of the season, claiming fastest lap in every race at Knockhill, despite this being Kidd’s first visit north of the border.
Securing the final two pole positions of the season, the JRW Motorsport driver was then able to develop her single-lap pace to round off a brilliant campaign in the AIRTEC Motorsport Fiesta ST240 Championship. Morgan’s achievements will ensure she is determined to return to action in 2024 and take next step in progressing her career.