Season finale sees paraplegic driver's hopes end early

 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 for the season finale and his return to the Snetterton 300 circuit. Unfortunately the weekend was a disappointment for Aaron as his hopes ended early with the rear wheel arch damaging a tyre in race two.

With a new clutch in tow, Aaron expected the closing weekend to be one of the highlights of the championship confident that his clutch issues were a thing of the past. Finishing the qualifying round in 25th, Aaron had already bettered his fastest lap time from earlier this season by 0.6 seconds and preparations were going well for the upcoming races over the weekend.

“I was able to get off to a great start but I was unable to use the start to my full advantage. One of the front cars got off to a slow start and was blocking the right hand side of the grid”, explained Aaron. “Fortunately there were a few cars that had spun out on to the grass at the first turn allowing me to climb several places.

“Over the next few laps, as I was gaining on the front cars, racers were spinning out gifting me those positions. By mid race I was at the front of the group I was battling with but going in to the bomb hole corner I lost concentration and a silly mistake allowed two cars to pass. Eventually I finished the race in 25th after a lot of jostling for positions.

“When the results sheet was released it revealed that my fastest lap of the race was slower than my qualifying lap. I was ready for race two and hoping for an improvement on my fastest lap and last race position. My start was not as good as it had been in the first race but I was soon closing the distance between myself and the cars in front. Going into the penultimate corner I saw a car behind me move to my outside. In an attempt not to lose my position I ran wide onto the grass at the final corner.   I tried to keep the throttle on but on the slippery grass my car went sideways and the slide shot me back into the middle of the track and I made contact with the car.

“I was able to continue for a few hundred metres but my car was full of smoke and smelt strongly of rubber. On my way back to the pits we noticed a tyre had been badly damaged by the accident as well. I was left to watch the rest of the race that I felt I should of still been in if it wasn’t for a silly mistake.

“I experienced some bad luck this year particularly my accident at Brands Hatch the first time we competed there. However, the season has been extremely enjoyable for me and I would like to thank all my sponsors for supporting me. I came into the year not expecting to be very competitive but I have learnt a lot and can’t wait to compete in next year’s championships”

“Aaron has had a great learning experience this season and has maintained his positive outlook even when things have gone against him” added Lorraine Farnon, Managing Director, Adapted Vehicle Hire. “He has endured clutch problems and had a few accidents along the way but we are particularly proud of his rookie season. Finishing 47th out of 74 is no easy achievement as this is a highly competitive championship. We are proud to have supported Aaron and hope he continues to build upon his experiences and keeps going from strength to strength.”

 Keep up with Aaron’s race results and other events at the dedicated section on adaptedvehiclehire.com or via Aaron’s blog.

 Aaron is looking for sponsorship for the 2012 Production BMW championship, if you are interested in doing this please email yamahaboy46@hotmail.co.uk