April 13, 2017
Aaron Morgan kicked off his 2017 BMW Compact Cup campaign this past Sunday at the home of British racing, Silverstone. With Aaron being a wheelchair user, his car has been adapted to have special clutch, accelerator and brake controls. Having got to grips with the Compact Cup series in recent years, he was confident ahead of the first event of the season.
Aaron explained: “I went into the weekend a bit on the back foot having not done any testing but with Silverstone being one of my favourite tracks I was still optimistic. I was relatively cautious over the first few qualifying laps to check the car was working as it should and get my tyres up to temperature.”
He continued: “I quickly got into a good rhythm and felt confident about setting some competitive lap times. I then encountered some traffic but a clear last lap meant I could get back to maximum pace. In our championship, our first race grid is determined by our quickest qualifying times and the second race grid by our second quickest qualifying times. I managed to qualify in 15th for race one and as my qualifying times were consistent I was in 13th for race two.”
Aaron made a good start to race one and as ever some fierce battles are never far away with him embroiled in one for 15th position. Passing was plentiful over the first few laps and mistakes in front of enabled him to move further up the field. However, on lap 7 he was to encounter mechanical problems.
Aaron added: “I was making my way down the back straight when the car made a funny noise and I could then hear pieces of metal bouncing off the bottom of the car. I quickly looked in my mirror and a huge trail of smoke was following me. I pulled off the track and brought the car to a stop before I was then towed back to the pits – further inspection allowed us to quickly determine that the engine had blown.”
He concIuded: “I was absolutely gutted after having such a good qualifying session and due to the schedule, there was not enough time in between races to have the engine changed so I had to sit out the second one. This was a very disappointing way to start the season but I have taken positives from the weekend especially my performance in qualifying.”
While it wasn’t the result that Aaron was looking for, he is confident going forward and hopefully the next race, which takes place at Oulton Park in Cheshire on May 6th, will be more successful.