January 11, 2018
Racing-driver, Aaron Morgan, reflects on his mixed season in the BMW Compact Cup. As a proud sponsor of Aaron, Allied Mobility is always excited to hear about the thrills and spills from his races.
After a serious motorbike accident left him requiring the use of a wheelchair, Aaron’s competitive nature brought him to the world of car racing. Being the only disabled driver on the circuit doesn’t pose any disadvantage to Aaron, who, with the aid of hand controls, states he races “on a level playing field.”
In his own words, Aaron gives his review of an unforgettable season.
Qualified: 15th, Race 1: DNF
As always, I was excited for the first rounds of the new racing season. Although I was unable to do any pre-season testing before the meeting, I was feeling confident ahead of qualifying. Setting the 15th quickest time for race one, I placed halfway through the 31-car field. I was able to better this for race two and placed in 13th position. With my season-goal to secure a top ten position, I was pleased with this improvement. To my horror, an irreversible engine failure halted my progression in the race. As disappointed as I was though, this is motorsport and setbacks like this happen, it’s how you recover that is important.
Qualified: 23rd/25th, Race 1: 19th, Race 2: 21st
With a new engine in place for Snetterton, it almost felt like a new start to the season for me and I was keen to make the most of this.
I qualified in 23rd position for race one and 25th for race two. If I am honest, I was a little disappointed with this following my 15th and 13th places at Silverstone.
I finished race one in 19th position which I was pleased with as I was able to move up the pack significantly. I hoped to build on this in race two and correct my bad start.
Race two turned out to be a very frustrating one for me. On lap five I saw an opportunity to get down the inside of the driver in front of me. However, this was to be short lived as just one lap later, I was blocked by a spinning car which undone my hard work throughout the race.
Qualified: 20th/19th, Race 1: 19th, Race 2: 16th
Castle Combe is a little bit of a nemesis track for me and I knew my getaway from the lights would be pivotal to my weekend. I qualified in 20th position for race one and despite making a great start, the long straight to turn one cost me dearly. At the end of what was an action-packed race, I managed to finish up in 19th position.
Frustratingly, I crumbled under the pressure at the start of race two, costing me time and positions. The race turned out to be extremely fun and I was just pipped to 15th position on the finish line by 0.138 of a second. However, 16th was still my best position of the year this far, so things were moving in the right direction.
Qualified: 18th/17th, race 1: 13th, race 2: DNF
The championship again returned to Silverstone but now we’d be racing on the national configuration of the circuit. It is not one of my favourite tracks, but it often produces very close races.
Déjà vu struck as I turned into the first corner during the warm up and I heard a piece of metal clink of the bottom of the car and it quickly filled with smoke. Fortunately, it turned out to be an oil plug from the gearbox that had fallen out. I was very relieved to say the least!
With a full 33-car grid, I was able to put this to the back of my mind and set the 18th fastest time in qualifying for race one. After we lined up, I made an excellent start in what turned out to be an epic battle. I was involved in a four-driver fight during the second half of the race and pulled off what was my favourite overtake of the season so far. I held onto my place and was delighted to finish in 13th position – my season-best.
Unfortunately, I let this excitement get the better of me when I tried an ambitious overtake into turn two, I ran onto the grass and then into another competitor. I eventually retired to the pits to prevent further damage.
Setbacks like this happen, it’s how you recover that’s important.
Qualified: 22nd/20th, Race 1: 20th, Race 2: 19th
I went into the Rockingham race weekend full of high hopes after scoring my best results there in 2016. Qualifying was tricky as some parts of the track were wet. There were a few heart-in-mouth moments, but no accidents! Race one itself was a bit mixed, as I gained and dropped positions throughout. I eventually finished up in 20th position.
Race two unfortunately turned out to be a bit reminiscent of the Snetterton meeting earlier in the year. After the usual busy first lap, I settled down into 18th position. I was close to the driver in front and was pushing my way through but unfortunately, he had a bad skid and I had to adjust my throttle, essentially losing out on the ground I had gained.
Qualified: 23rd/23rd, race 1: 19th, race 2: 27th
A racing driver will always tell you that they want to do well in the final round of the championship as this gives you good confidence for the next season, heading into Brands Hatch, I was no different.
In the first race, there was a red flag after just two laps which meant a full restart for the grid. I was quite relieved for this as it meant I got a second bite of the cherry after a poor one on the initial getaway. I finished in 19th position, a marked improvement from 2016.
Race two was a frustrating one as I was stuck behind a very defensive driver. As he kept me at bay, I could only watch on as the cars in front pulled away.