Kirkcaldy racer hits the big time

One of the factory Aston martin GT cars that Jonny Adam will be testing at Le Mans next month
One of the factory Aston martin GT cars that Jonny Adam will be testing at Le Mans next month

JUST three years ago Jonny Adam thought his career in motorsport had hit a dead end.

Now the Kirkcaldy ace is living life in the fast lane after signing a dream deal as a works driver for the legendary Aston Martin Racing team.

Adam was handed his first factory contract after being invited to a GTE test session at Snetterton by team principal John Gow last Thursday.

The move completes a remarkable rise through the ranks of GT racing for the former Balwearie High pupil since losing his British Touring Car seat in 2010.

“This is a massive step in my career,” a delighted Adam told the Press.

“Becoming a factory driver is something I’ve always worked towards - it’s a dream come true.

“It’s incredible now to think that in 2010 I had nothing at all.

“I had one race in a Ginetta at Knockhill that was done through a friend - and that was it.

“Touring Cars was finished and I had no offers, and no money.

“My long-time friend and sponsor, Phil Dryburgh, was the one who put me in touch with Andrew Howard at Beechdean, and everything has snow-balled from there.

“Andrew has helped me a lot, and not only that, he is also a great supporter of Aston Martin and represents the brand really well.

“I’ve been lucky to have met the right person in Andrew and a great manufacturer in Aston Martin.”

Adam will continue to front the Beechdean AMR campaign with Howard in the British GT and European Blancpain series.

But his Aston Martin contract will also see him used as a test driver for the famous Le Mans 24 hour next month, where he is also on reserve for the race itself.

He is also on standby to step in for their World Endurance Championship campaign if needed - and all this in Aston Martin’s centenary year.

“I’m pinching myself to be honest,” Adam added.

“There’s a big team push by Aston Martin to win Le Mans in the team’s 100th year and it’s great to be a part of that.

“I couldn’t have picked a better year to work closely with them.”

Remarkably, Jonny is not the only Kirkcaldy man to be signed by Aston Martin.

Peter Dumbreck, who grew up on his parents farm in Dysart, is currently competing as a works driver in the WEC and will race at Le Mans.

Jonny’s other team mates also include the likes of Darren Turner, Bruno Senna and Allan Simonsen.

Aston team boss John Gaw added: “Jonny has impressed over the past few years of racing with Beechdean AMR.

“His approach, attitude and consistency is as we expect from a factory driver.”

Adam’s next race outing will be in the British GT Championship with Beechdean at Silverstone on May 25.