Our sponsored racing driver Aaron Morgan, of AM Racing, recently completed round six of the 2018 BMW Compact Cup. Aaron reflected on the ups and downs of the race and provided us with a review of the day.
Fast and Furious
Round six of the 2018 championship took me to Thruxton, home of the fastest track in the UK. I arrived on Friday for testing and my evening didn’t exactly go to plan. I managed one lap only for my gasket to break. I was left in a dilemma; have the engine patched up or sit out of the weekend altogether. In the end I decided that I was there to race so my mechanic, Andy, rebuilt the engine on Saturday.
Ready to Go
The rebuilding of the engine paid off and I was all set for the Sunday race. There were a couple of hick-ups in race one – a mysterious electrical issue halfway through meant I lost all vehicle power and had no option but to watch in horror as my competitors sped past me. Although the issue righted itself and I managed to regain five positions, no sooner than later, a major accident ahead of me stopped the race completely. The red flag put me off my stride and I finished the race in 14th place.
Top Ten Target
Race two was a completely different story and one I will not tire from telling! I was focussed, aggressive and my adrenaline was pumping. I made an excellent start and worked my way to eighth position. Having never achieved a top ten finish, I knew I had to stay strong to hold my place as I was under heavy and constant pressure from the drivers behind me. I thought my dreams were dashed when a silly mistake meant I dropped back to ninth place. I regained my composure and knuckled down, not actually knowing where I was placed. As I crossed the finishing line and the chequered flag welcomed me home, I was actually really happy with how I’d performed, regardless of my final position.
The enormity of my achievement hit me when I realised I’d finished in ninth position! Finishing in the top ten has been a goal of mine for a long time now and to achieve this is such a great feeling and has given me a great boost in the championship.
I must give a huge thank you to Allied Mobility as always, the people who provided me the parts that I needed to rebuild the engine and Andy Waters for rebuilding. Hopefully I can now carry this momentum on to the final round at Donington Park on the 13th of October.