Rounds 22, 23 and 24 of the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) were in Rockingham at the weekend.
The unique Northampton circuit, with its high capacity grandstands and banked track always help to create a great show for the many spectators that attend this annual event.
After clinching his first podium at the last event at Knockhill, Aiden was in a great mood for the weekends racing.
After two steady practice sessions, qualifying was action packed as places changed lap after lap. Aiden knuckled down and managed to qualify way ahead of his team mate, Adam Morgan. Aiden put in some stunning laps to achieve an eighth position on the starting grid, Aiden’s best BTCC qualifying position.
Race one on the Sunday was on a dry track and in sunny conditions. When the lights went out Aiden was away challenging Tom Ingram but dropped back a little at the hairpin. After the drama of lap one, Aiden had made a place up to seventh after Plato had contact resulting in damage. Aiden then lost a place on lap three but was holding off a charging Andrew Jordan in the MG. As the race progressed, the Mercedes A Class improved and this allowed Aiden to challenge the Avenis of Ingram while holding off Jordan in the MG. This continued until lap seven when Ingram started to challenge Cook in the Chevy. While they battled Aiden was also sizing up a move but it wasn’t to be. While Ingram went off into the distance, it seemed that Cook was holding up Aiden.
On lap 12, Aiden was passed by Andrew Jordan at the hairpin. Then, further round the lap, Turkington also passed the Scot. Disaster was to strike once more on lap 13 when while challenging his team mate Adam Morgan, Aiden out braked himself at Tarzan which resulted in the car ending up in the gravel. Race over!
Aiden had to do lots of work as he lined up in 28th position after his adventure into the gravel in race one. Damage limitation was the aim in this race with a target of getting as many points as possible.
At the end of lap one, Aiden made up four places and pushed Rob Holland in the Avensis to gain yet another position. This popped him in 21st position as various competitors had their own moments. After a great race, Aiden brought the car home in 13th.
The final race of the day was late in the afternoon. Lining up in 13th position ahead of Sam Tordoff in the BMW. After a mad first lap, Aiden completed the circuit in 12th position. Again, lady luck was not with Aiden. One lap from the end of the race he was tagged and ended up in the wars. This resulted in the end of Aiden’s race however, he was eventually classed in 20th position.
After a mixed weekend, Aiden is now classed in 16th position overall with a points tally of 63.
The next rounds are at Silverstone on the 26th and 27th September.