Double podium delight for GT ace Jonny

Jonny Adam with Mobil 1 Master of the Weekend trophy for top points scoring pro driver in the 2014 British GT Championship season opener at Oulton Park. Pic: Jakob Ebrey.
Jonny Adam with Mobil 1 Master of the Weekend trophy for top points scoring pro driver in the 2014 British GT Championship season opener at Oulton Park. Pic: Jakob Ebrey.
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Jonny Adam made a dream start to the new Avon Tyres British GT Championship with two podium finishes from two in the season opener at Oulton Park over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend.

The Kirkcaldy racer and Beechdean Aston Martin Vantage team-mate Andrew Howard placed third in both of Monday’s 60-minute races to collect 30 championship points, just one point less than early leaders Ahmad Al Harthy and Michael Caine.

Jonny also walked away with the Mobil 1 Master of the Weekend trophy, awarded to the highest point scoring pro driver, however, had it not been for a hold-up in the pit lane caused by the safety car, Jonny could have claimed a race win.

“It was the start to the season we were hoping for, but it could’ve been better,” Jonny told the Press.

“Realistically we could have been walking away with two second places, or even a win in race one, but two thirds is great.

“We’ve got a similar points tally after two races as we had after five races last year, so we’re delighted.

“The car and the team performed really well, it was just what we wanted to kick start the championship.”

It was also a positive weekend for British GT debutant, and fellow Kirkcaldy racer, Rory Butcher, who failed to pick up any points but enjoyed some impressive individual stints behind the wheel of the Motorbase Aston Martin Vantage.

Rory secured second quickest time in Saturday practice, a fastest lap in race one, and qualified in eighth place, but team mate John Hartshorne struggled to match the Fifer’s pace over the weekend and the team finished with 13th and 15th race placings.

“We didn’t get results on paper but there was lots of positives,” Rory said.

“The team was really happy with my performance and I think I caught the attention of a few people in the paddock.

“My team mate is just lacking a bit of confidence at the moment, so we’re working with him to try and bring him on.”

The next round of the Avon Tyres British GT Championship will take place at Rockingham circuit in Corby over the weekend of May 4 and 5.