Jonny gets season off to flying start in Dubai

Jonny Adam with the Allan Simonson Trophy
Jonny Adam with the Allan Simonson Trophy

Kirkcaldy’s Aston Martin factory racer Jonny Adam got his 2015 season off to a flying start at the Dubai 24 Hours.

Jonny was part of the KPM Racing team that guided the Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 to a third place finish in the highest class of the endurance race.

Together with Stefan Mucke and Paul White, the Fife ace helped achieve sixth place in qualifying and the team completed 596 laps of the circuit, setting the fastest lap of the race in the process.

After 24 hours of reliable running, at times leading the race, the car crossed the line in fourth place overall and third in the Pro class.

“To stand on the Dubai 24 Hours podium is something I’m very proud of,” Jonny said.

“I’ve driven the Vantage GT3 since the end of 2011 and I’ve been a part of a lot of its firsts – including its first race win back in 2012 and its first championship win back in 2013 – so I take any opportunity I can to add to its growing tally of successes.

“When we first drove the car on Wednesday, Stefan, Paul and I were very pleased with it but, after some pre-qualifying tweaks from the guys at KPM Racing, who did a great job all week, we were extremely happy.”

The Dubai 24 Hours is the opening round of the 24H Series and this year celebrated its tenth running.

The race, which sees up to 96 GT and touring cars compete in high temperatures and up to 13 hours of darkness, is regarded as one of the most challenging endurance races in the world.

Jonny added: “It was nice to be racing in January, which is normally a quite month for motorsport.

“I had a lot of seat time as well - around nine and a half hours - in the the same car I’ll be racing in this year.

“It was a busy track and the speed difference was quite large so we were passing around 15 to 20 cars a lap.

“It’s helped keep me sharp, and it was good fun.”

Jonny has also spoken of his delight after receiving the Allan Simonsen Memorial Trophy at the end of 2014 from the British GT Championship.

The award was inaugurated last year following the Danish driver’s tragic death at 
the Le Mans 24 Hour race in 2013.

“I was so happy and honoured to be awarded the Allan Simonsen trophy,” he said.

“He was one the fastest GT drivers in the world and is missed throughout the British GT paddock.”