Last weekend, Aaron Morgan and teammate Bobby Trundley headed down to Brands Hatch to take part in round five of the Britcar Endurance Championship. The duo were upbeat and positive about the races ahead following a great piece on the ITV evening news on Friday 30th July that helped to showcase Team BRIT, its partners and its values. The team also received fantastic coverage from the BBC, which showed how Team BRIT’s remarkable hand control technology has helped Aaron Morgan pursue his love for racing.
However, before they were due to begin their first race of the weekend, a terrible accident happened. Tragically, one of the cars in the race preceding Aaron and Bobby’s left the circuit, breaking through a barrier into a marshal’s post. The marshal, Robert Foote, unfortunately did not survive the accident.
All races were cancelled for the rest of the day but, following extensive barrier repairs, resumed on Sunday. That morning, the UK’s racing community gathered at 09.30 for a minute’s silence to pay tribute to Mr Foote and the whole “Orange Army” of marshals that volunteer every weekend in order for racing to take place. To honour Mr Foote and the Orange Army, all Team BRIT cars carried an extra orange stripe as a mark of respect and appreciation.
Team BRIT Founder Dave Player said: “Our racing performance feels of no importance on this occasion, when we consider the tragedy that occurred on Saturday."
Motorsport could not take place without the amazing dedication of our Orange Army. Racing marshals are all volunteers and come out in all weather conditions to don their famous orange overalls and provide their expert support that helps ensure races run smoothly and safely.
“To have a marshal lose their life whilst carrying out the job they love has hit the racing community hard, so racing this weekend was rather insignificant.
“This weekend will never be forgotten – by all of us in Team BRIT and the wider motorsport community. We will remember our marshal and send our deepest condolences to their family."
Reflecting on the weekend, Aaron Morgan said: “Motorsport would not happen without our Orange Army, they are the true heroes of our sport. I am deeply saddened by the news, my thoughts and best wishes go out to Robert’s family, friends and the rest of the marshalling community”.
Everyone at CDW UK is saddened by this devastating news and we would like to extend our condolences to Mr Foote’s family and loved ones. If anyone would like to make a donation to Mr Foote’s family, you can do so at this Just Giving page.
Aaron and Bobby will be back in action on Saturday 23rd October at Donington Park Circuit.