Race Day 7 – Castle Coombe
London 4th August 2011 – Aaron Morgan, the promising paraplegic racing driver from Basingstoke currently being sponsored by Adapted Vehicle Hire has had a mixed season but had high hopes in round seven of the 2011 GAZ Shocks Production BMW Championship. However the race at the Castle Coombe circuit in Wiltshire, the only single header of the year, proved to be one of mixed results.
The weekend did not start well for Aaron, with problems changing gear during testing on the Friday. Panic ensued in the evening as the hunt began to find a new clutch to be installed in Aaron’s vehicle. Despite the issues, Aaron was able to qualify 30th out of 37 which placed him in the fourth group of competitors.
“The start of the race came and I got off to my best start of the season so far, which was great and meant I was able to be more competitive during the early stages of the race. As the race developed there was a lot of jostling for positions and I was able to maintain a good position in the pack and prevented some of the more experienced drivers from overtaking me. Things were going really well and I was almost side by side with the group leader until I made the mistake of missing 5th gear, going from 4th to 3rd forcing me to drop back two positions. After the mistake I refocused on what I had to do and began driving a bit more aggressive to get back to the position I was in before my mistake.” commented Aaron.
“Almost immediately after the mistake one of the cars which had just overtaken me locked his brakes going into the chicane, allowing me to overtake him. Fortunately I was able exit the last corner very well and re-take my position behind the leader of the group. I had a little gap to close but I could see that I was faster through the chicanes than the car in front. I was able to catch and get alongside the car in front and knew that I would have to overtake on the outside as it may have been the only chance I had in the race. I took a deep breath and concentrated on getting my braking perfect. I got to the exit of the corner and I had made it work, I was thrilled. This feeling didn’t last for long as my gearbox broke on the last lap as I tried to go into third gear and was eventually overtaken.”
“It is frustrating that my hard efforts this season have been undermined by mistakes and issues with my gearbox. I was so close to winning my group but finished 34th, I am always optimistic and I am determined to take positives from this experience. I am looking forward to competing in the next round of the championship”
“Aaron had a great race and despite his clutch causing him issues towards the end of the race he still gave his competition a real run for their money. The championship is highly competitive but Aaron has maintained positive outlook. We are proud to be supporting Aaron during his rookie season and hope he continues to build upon his experience and keeps going from strength to strength. We remain hugely impressed with his attitude and confidence” said Lorraine Farnon, Managing Director of Adapted Vehicle Hire. “Everyone at AVH is rooting for him as he prepares himself for the next race in Holland”
Keep up with Aaron’s race results and other events at the dedicated section on www.adaptedvehiclehire.com or via Aaron’s blog.
Aaron is looking for further sponsorship for the season, if you are interested in supporting him please email firstname.lastname@example.org