July 27, 2017
After a disappointing start to the 2017 BMW Compact Cup, Aaron Morgan dusted himself down and got back in the driver’s seat. With the first three races of the season and engine troubles behind him, it was time for Aaron to turn his attention to Castle Coombe.
Located in Wiltshire, Castle Coombe is a high-speed circuit with average speeds of 80mph per lap. One of the main troubles which Aaron has found in the past is the first corner: “There is a very long run to the first corner from the start line, which has meant I often leave myself with a lot of work to do in the races. However, the circuit does have a lot of good overtaking opportunities which I have exploited in the past. I will need to bring my ‘A’ game to the starting grid.”
After qualifying in 20th position, Aaron felt confident that he could overcome some of the hurdles and finish higher in the standings. Unfortunately, his chances of doing so looked to take a dent as he started off two races poorly and the difficult first corner again proved tricky. However, Aaron never gave up and managed to finish both races in 19th and 16th respectively.
“I had a lot of work to do in both races but I got my head down and was able to make up a lot of places,” said Aaron. “It was challenging to make my way through the pack but I should have been much further ahead.”
While there were no technical faults to report in this race, Aaron and his team did make a slight change prior to the second race which allowed him to find some additional speed.
Reflecting on the final race, Aaron said: “I was neck and neck with 15th place in the final laps of race two and I ended up finishing just 0.138 seconds behind. I felt like I could have done better in the last few laps, but I was happy enough with my performance. If only the start line was 100 metres up the track!”
Prior to the race at Castle Coombe, Aaron was sitting in 32nd place in the standings. With a solid performance in the fourth event, Aaron will no doubt be climbing the championship table once the standings are updated.
Next up for Aaron is a return to Silverstone National, which is where this season started. Aaron’s surely hoping that he’ll see a change in fortune when he returns to Silverstone on August 20th.
For more information on the BMW Compact Cup, please see the following link: http://www.bmwracedays.co.uk/