Good day for Kirkcaldy drivers as points scored at Silverstone

Jonny Adam and Andrew Howard after qualifying in pole position
Jonny Adam and Andrew Howard after qualifying in pole position

Kirkcaldy racer Jonny Adam secured second place in the latest instalment of the British GT Championship at Silverstone on Sunday.

And to complete a good day for Kirkcaldy drivers, Rory Butcher also claimed his first points of his debut British GT season with a ninth place finish.

Adam was racing in the Beechdean Aston Martin Vantage along with defending champion Adam Howard in round three of the 2014 series.

A dazzling display in qualifying meant they started the race from pole position, but a mistake in the race left them fighting to regain a podium place.

“It’s the first pole we’ve had in about three years, which was brilliant, but in the race we got caught out by the safety car,” Adam explained.

“We had dropped back to a very close second when the leader came into the pits, whereas we stayed out and caught the safety car.

“It was the wrong strategy. We stayed out a lap too long and lost around 50 to 60 seconds behind the safety car, falling back to seventh in the order.

“In the end all was not lost, we managed to overtake and get ourselves back up to second place, which was good for the championship.

“We’re now just two and a half points behind the leaders and we’re optimistic for the rest of the year.

“Last season the championship went down to the final lap of the final race and this year looks like being the same.

“We just can’t afford any more mistakes.”

Butcher was racing alongside Liam Griffin in the Oman Racing Team Aston Martin Vantage and the pair showed impressive pace to finish ninth and collect their first points of the season.

However, had it not been for a 33 second time loss during one of their pit stops due to a problem with the fuel rig, the finish could have been higher.

“I think overall our pace is quite positive,” Butcher said.

“In practice we were second quickest and in qualifying we put in P5, but with the combined times we dropped a little to P9.

“Without the 33 second loss of time in the pits we would have placed fifth overall, but this is endurance racing and so many things can go wrong.”

Both Adam and Butcher are next in action at Snetterton on the weekend of June 21 and 22 for two one-hour events.