Dawn of a new season for Kirkcaldy’s friendly racing rivals

Jonny Adam
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Easter weekend will see a return to the track for Kirkcaldy’s two racing rivals.

Jonny Adam and Rory Butcher will put their close friendship to one side as the British GT Championship gets underway at Cheshire’s Oulton Park on Easter Monday.

Embarking upon his third season as an Aston Martin Racing factory driver, Adam will once again re-join Andrew Howard at Beechdean Racing in the Aston Martin Vantage GT3 looking to rediscover their title-winning form of 2013.

Adam said: “I am excited to get the British GT underway.

“We have advanced in terms of set up with the car over the winter and Andrew is driving very well.

“It’s our fourth year with this car and as a pairing, so we are confident ahead of the Oulton Park weekend, a circuit that I love to race at.”

Rory Butcher

Rory Butcher

Racing in the same GT3 category, and in the same make and model of Aston Martin, fellow Fifer Butcher teams up with Motorbase Performance for a second successive season, alongside last season’s driving partner Liam Griffin.

Butcher (28), added: “Working with the Motorbase team after such a good first season together is very exciting and there’s a positive feeling within the squad.

“British GT as a series is looking bigger and better than ever, from the strength and depth of the world class teams, drivers and numerous sportscar manufacturers, to the improved media platform of live TV coverage, as five out of the seven British GT events will be aired live on Motors TV.

“We have one goal in mind – a successful years racing.”

For 30-year-old Adam, this season promises to be his busiest to date as he is involved in three campaigns - the British GT Championship, the Blancpain Endurance Series and the VLN Endurance Series, which includes the Nürburgring 24.

“It’s going to mean a lot of race weekends, which is exactly the way I like it,” he said.

“For the British GT campaign there is only one thing on the list, that’s win the title again.

“Andrew and I had a good start to last season but lost momentum in the second half of the year, we need to put that right and challenge for the win in every race this season. “It will be tough as the field has even more quality this time round, but we’ve got the experience and the tools to do the job so we need to be up there.”