Engine blows Jonny’s podium hopes

The Beechdean Aston Martin Vantage GTS of Jonny Adam and Adam Howard in action at Rockingham on Monday. Pic: Jakob Ebrey
The Beechdean Aston Martin Vantage GTS of Jonny Adam and Adam Howard in action at Rockingham on Monday. Pic: Jakob Ebrey
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Engine trouble meant British GT ace Jonny Adam missed out on a podium place in Monday’s two-hour bank holiday race at Rockingham.

The Kirkcaldy driver and Beechdean Motorsport partner Adam Howard qualified second on the grid but had to settle for a fifth place finish after their Aston Martin Vantage GT3 developed problems.

“With the pace we had we should’ve finished on the podium but we developed engine problems halfway through the race,” Jonny said.

“We dropped a cylinder so we lost 10 per cent of power for the second half of the race, and that cost us speed.

“We were getting mugged on the straights but the car was handling well so thankfully we didn’t fall back massively.

“It’s good to finish fifth because it could’ve been worse.”

The result means that after two rounds of the British GT Championship, the Beechdean defending champions are sitting second in the standings, seven points behind leaders, BMW duo Alexander Sims and Marco Attard.

“We’ve still got more points now than we did at this stage last season,” said Jonny.

“Rockingham is a bogey circuit for us, whereas the next two or three circuits suit the car a lot more.”

Fellow Kirkcaldy driver Rory Butcher finished down in 12th place in the Oman Racing Team’s Aston Martin Vantage GT3.

Rory was joined in the car by a new team mate, Liam Griffin, and they looked on course for a top six finish until suffering a puncture.

The next round of the British GT Championship takes place at Silverstone on the weekend of May 31 and June 1.

Jonny added: “It’s a three hour race, and it’s the one everyone wants to win because there’s big points up for grabs.”