JONNY Adam celebrated a dream podium finish on Bank Holiday Monday - only to have it snatched away half an hour later.
The Kirkcaldy racer, along with Beechdean Aston Martin team mate Andrew Howard, finished third at Rockingham after a brilliant performance in round two of the British GT championship.
However, the champagne quickly turned flat when race marshals imposed a 60 second penalty on the pair for overtaking under a yellow flag, relegating them to seventh.
A dejected Adam told the Press: “We took the champagne and got a nice trophy, but ended up getting a penalty in the end.
“Unfortunately Andrew was caught overtaking someone under a yellow flag during his stint.
“It was an awkward yellow flag to be honest - well in the distance, and well off to the left hand side.
“We are so low and so far back in these cars that it’s hard to see the flags at times, especially at Rockingham which has a lot of hidden exits.
“Andrew was a bit wounded by it, but it was an innocent mistake.”
The outcome was doubly hard to take for the Beechdean team as they had expected to struggle at Rockingham.
“It’s our bogey circuit, to be fair,” Adam explained.
“The lay-out is very slow speed and the track surface is abrasive, which is more suited to the Porsches.
“To go from qualifying 10th to finishing third - walking on the podium felt like a race win.
“I felt a wee bit gutted for the team to have it taken away.
“We still got some points for finishing seventh, and that took us up to 13th in the standings.
“The guys that are leading the championship had a bad race so it’s all still to play for.”
Next up for Adam is a Silverstone double-header at both British and European level.
He will race at round three of the British GT takes place over May 25 and 26 before returning to the track on June 1 and 2 for the second round of the Blancpain Endurance Series.