Driving ace Morgan enjoys excellent season

Basingstoke Gazette: Aaron Morgan in action. Aaron Morgan in action.

AARON Morgan enjoyed an excellent second season in the Marangoni tyres production BMW Championship as he moved 16 places up in the standings.

The 22 year-old professional racing car driver from Basingstoke is confined to a wheelchair after sustaining spinal injuries in a motocross jump in 2006.

As a passionate and determined teenager, Morgan passed his driving test aged 16 and went on to be the youngest disabled person to be awarded a Motor Sport Association National B Racing Licence at 18.

Now at the end of his second season in the Marangoni tyres production BMW Championship, this extraordinary racer has improved his championship standing to 31st.

In his rookie year in the competition back in 2011 he became the first disabled driver to score points in the championship. This season’s highlight was a double points scoring finish at Cadwell Park that strengthened his championship position.

The only disabled competitor said he gained invaluable experience and would like to place in the top 10 next year. These amazing achievements come after considerable hard work and physical training.

Morgans’ injuries mean he cannot stand or walk, but his significant upper body strength facilitate a six second emergency exit from his racing car. To improve trunk stability, and his sense of security, the Basingstoke driver wears an orthotic soft body jacket made by Ringwood based Dorset Orthopaedic.

The symmetrical postural support provides much needed comfort for the upper body while sitting for long periods. It prevents slouching, useful for keeping competitors in the rear view mirror when racing.

Proficient at adapting tools to his needs, Morgan is collaborating with his orthotist, Matt Hughes, to make a silicone version of his spinal brace, which will be a more durable jacket to suit his active life-style.

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