KIRKCALDY’S Jonny Adam swapped the simulator for the real thing to make his racing debut at Monza over the weekend.
The 26-year-old was taking part in the first round of the Blancpain Endurance Series at the famous Italian track.
Racing for Beechdean Aston Martin, Adam helped his team to a qualify seventh on the grid, third in the pro-am class.
And between them, Adam, along with driving partners Andrew Howard and Daniel McKenzie, achieved an 11th place finish in the three-hour race, fourth in class.
Adam, who drove the last third of the race, told the Press: “It’s the first time I’ve been to Monza and it was an awesome experience.
“Myself and my team mates spent a good few days on the simulator to prepare ourselves before we went.
“It paid off because we were quick straight out the box. Within five or six laps we were on the pace.
“It’s done us the world of good jumping into this championship because it showed what we can do as a team.
“Blancpain is one of the hardest GT championships in the world right now, and we didn’t know how competitive we would be.
“There were 60 cars on the grid so to finish 11th overall, and fourth in class, was brilliant - better than we expected.
“A lot of people were surprised by what we did at Monza. It was a great weekend, and a good learning experience.”
Next up for Adam and the Beechdean team is round two of the British GT Championship at Rockingham over the first weekend in May.
“We’re full of confidence now,” he said.
“We changed a few things with the set-up for Monza and the car handled and perfomed the best it ever has.
“Hopefully we’ll be a lot quicker compared to the first round at Oulton Park.”
Adam also revealed the he quit his part-time post as a racing instructor Knockhill and moved to Camberley in England to cut down on travelling hours between races.
“I was driving seven or eight hours every weekend and it was just getting too much,” he explained.