Jonny’s jump-start

Jonathan Adam (GBR) - Airwaves BMW 320si E90

Jonathan Adam (GBR) - Airwaves BMW 320si E90

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KIRKCALDY race ace Jonny Adam has revived his motorsport career after signing a deal to race an Aston Martin in the British GT Championship.

Despite making a promising British Touring Car debut in 2009, Adam was unable to source enough funding to continue last year, and had to come to terms with his first year out of racing since taking up karting aged 10.

But the 26-year-old Fifer has taken a different direction in order to get back on track for 2011, teaming up with Beechdean Motorsport to drive an Aston Martin DBRS9 with team mate Andrew Howard in the British GT.

Bad year

After the disappointment of 2010, Adam is glad to be back behind the wheel.

“2010 was a very frustrating year,” he told SportsPress. “I was kept busy on the coaching side, but it was a bad year on the racing front.

“We tried for Touring Cars, but things just didn’t come off on the financial side, and it was awful to sit out the year.

“I loved my year in Touring Cars, and I’m still a massive fan, but GT racing is where I see my career going now.

“There are drivers who have spent many years in GT racing, flying all over the world, and making a full-time career out of it.

Right direction

“It’s a step in the right direction for me and I’m excited to get the season started.”

Adam has spent this week at Silverstone, getting his first taste of the Aston Martin he will race for the 2011 season.

He revealed: “The car is the quickest thing I’ve driven, but I’ve adapted well to the amount of horsepower (550bhp) it’s got.

Gelled

“So far it’s going really well. It’s a great team and we’ve gelled really well already considering the first test day was only on Tuesday.

“From the times we were producing we’re hopefully in for a good year, but you can never tell until the first weekend when you see the competition in qualifying and you know where you stand.”

Adam, a former British champion in both Renault Clio and SEAT Cupra series, hopes to continue the trend of success on his new career path.

“In GT racing you don’t need to have need to have fastest pace, it’s consistency and staying out of trouble that can get you podiums and wins,” he said. “We know it’s going to be a tough year, and there’s plenty competition on the track, but we’re hopeful we can be competitive.”

The British GT season begins on April 25 at Oulton Park.