Race Day 4 – Cadwell Park
Aaron recently participated in the fourth round of the Championship, hosted at Lincolnshire’s very own Cadwell Park circuit, also known as the ‘mini Nürburgring’. Aaron experienced some difficulties over the weekend but was able to improve on his fastest lap time by almost 2 seconds over the weekend. However, although qualifying in 13th position out of the 17 cars in Aaron’s group he was unable to improve on this position and finished both races on the Sunday in 18th and 19th respectively.
“The time for my first race came and I got off to a dreadful start”, reported Aaron. “The track is very narrow and I found it very hard to get into my rhythm. During the early laps I let the cars ahead of me extend a lead that I was unable to close, although I did get a lot faster in the final laps and was sorely disappointed at finishing 18th out of 21 competitors. In the second race I was again punished by my gears, but this time it was a personal error and not a technical fault, which meant I could look back in hindsight and learn from my mistakes which cost me dearly in this race.
“I finished the second race 19th out of 22 competitors, which I was disappointed at, considering my performance earlier in the day. When the results sheets came out my best lap time was a 1.51.588 which meant I had improved my best lap time over the weekend by about 2 seconds. I learnt a lot over the weekend and am gaining more confidence with each race, I just need to be more consistent as my best lap times are highly competitive”
Aaron is an exciting rookie taking to the track in this season’s Production BMW Cup, and is building upon his successful debut race where he finished a reasonably placed 26th out of 28 and 27th out of 30 respectively. Despite being paralysed from the waist down, Aaron has his eyes on the prize and AVH hopes to see him go all the way.
“Aaron’s winning attitude is an inspiration to us all”, said Lorraine Farnon, Managing Director, AVH. “Even when he feels he hasn’t performed to the best of his ability he picks himself up and learns the vital lessons from each race. Aaron is flying the flag for AVH and we are proud of his achievements so far this season.
“Watching him race you would never be able to distinguish him in his vehicle from an able bodied racer, his disability hasn’t held him back in achieving a dream many would have given up on. AVH is committed to helping people with disabilities and their families enjoy life to the full by improving their mobility. We are behind Aaron all the way and wish him and the AVH car all the best for the coming season.”