At the Snetterton circuit in Norfolk on 1 November, Aaron Morgan, CDW Solutions Specialist and Team BRIT driver, competed in his last race of the year. It was a bitter sweet finale; a typically excellent drive saw Aaron finish second in the invitational class, but for Aaron, Team BRIT and those of us who have enjoyed following their progress this year, it was sad to see the season end.

We first spoke to Aaron back in July, when we discussed his incredible life story and passion for motorsport. To close out the year, we caught up with Aaron to review the season, discuss highs and lows, and look ahead to the future.  

Q: Congratulations on finishing the season! How do you think it has gone?

A: Thank you! This season exceeded my wildest dreams. The success of the team, the performance of the car, and partnering with fellow driver Bobby Trundley added up to a brilliant year. A lot of hard work went into it, but it was all worth it. And the fact we were even able to race at all, given the pandemic, was incredible.

The finale was a fantastic finish and I loved every minute of it, but it’s always a bit gutting to have to wrap things up – especially given this season was cut slightly shorter than previous ones. The team’s very much looking forward to getting back out on the track next year.

Q: You mention the season being cut short by COVID. How big an impact has the pandemic had?

A: The pandemic has affected every part of our lives, and for sports-people it’s no different. Fortunately, a lot of preparation went into ensuring the season kept going. Race days were set up to be COVID secure, from the pits to track-side. The only thing missing was an audience.

For drivers, the pandemic meant we had to prepare for a season twice. We were all raring to go in the spring, but when the season was postponed because of lockdown there was a lot of uncertainty and disappointment. Once summer came and the season was back on, it was tough to get back in that racing mentality. Lockdown also made it difficult to keep fit, which meant we had to work doubly hard in the summer.

Q: What has been your biggest challenge, and biggest highlight of the season?

A: My biggest challenge this year was keeping up with Bobby Trundley, my team-mate! He’s incredibly talented and a very quick driver, so racing alongside him always pushes me to do my best. On top of that, I never want to let my team down. Racing is a team sport and while everyone puts their all into getting me onto the track, ultimately, it’s down to the drivers to ensure all that hard work pays off.  

Highlights are much harder to pin down! There’s been so many this year that it’s hard to choose just one. But if I have to, I would say achieving the podium finish at Silverstone.

At Silverstone, everything came together perfectly – the preparation, the pit crew and our driving. There are so many moving parts in racing that there’s plenty that can go wrong at any time, so to finish on the podium after a clean race and a well-executed plan is about as good as it gets.

Q: What about your year at CDW?

A: The most impressive thing for me this year is how we’ve all managed to keep going, and not only in terms of working hard and being successful but keeping the community spirit as well. There have been social and well-being activities for everyone throughout the year. It’s meant that the team has still felt close, despite having been sat in our own homes for most of it!

Q: Your season has certainly inspired a lot of us at CDW, and we think your grit and determination makes you a great role model. What would you say to budding young drivers who want to get involved in the sport?

A: First, you have to really want it. It’s a massive commitment. When you aren’t driving, you’re out raising sponsorship funds, or preparing for your next race. Then there’s the physical requirements – you have to keep fit to handle the demands it places on your body. The cockpit can get extremely hot, and the g-forces put a lot of strain on you.

In terms of practical tips, other than driving, e-sports and racing simulators are worth trying out. They can’t quite replicate the fear of coming off the track and damaging the car – or yourself. But they’re a good way to improve your understanding of things like track positioning and racing lines.

Q: Looking ahead, what do you see as some of the most important trends in racing?

A: There’s no getting away from the fact that racing is a male-dominated sport. It always has been historically, and it still is today. But increasingly, more women drivers are out on the track. It’s very important for the sport that this trend keeps going.

The other major trend is the move to more environmentally friendly cars. Electric or hydrogen powered cars are already competing against conventional engines, and I don’t think it will be long before they become the norm.

Q: Thanks very much for your time this season, Aaron, it’s been a pleasure interviewing you. One last question – what do you want for Christmas?

A: Ha! That’s probably the toughest question you’ve asked. I’m one of those people who is terrible to buy for, I never have any idea what I want!