MENTION the phrase ‘24 hours’ along with the word ‘Spa’ and you could be talking about a day of blissful relaxation.
But that certainly wasn’t the case for Kirkcaldy GT racer Jonny Adam as he competed in one of Europe’s elite races at the weekend.
Adam travelled to Belgium along with the Beechdean Aston Martin team to race in the famous 24 Hours of Spa.
The annual race, which takes place at the iconic Spa Francorchamps circuit used in Formula One, features some of the world’s top endurance drivers and manufacturers.
Adam’s aim was simply to finish his maiden 24-hour race along with co-drivers Andrew Howar, Phil Dryburgh and John Gaw.
However, a fault with one of the car’s wheel nuts with just three and a half hours to go put paid to those hopes.
Nonetheless, Adam was delighted to have taken part in such a big event and has now set his sights on a racing career in Europe.
Adam told the Press: “It was a really cool event to be part of, but it was also really tough.
“I was behind the wheel for eight hours and although you try to sleep in between your stints, at the same time you don’t want to because you know you might get called upon.
“I didn’t sleep much at all, but I thoroughly enjoyed it.
“The scale of it and the level of performance was higher than anything I’ve ever experienced.
“Ideally that’s where we want to end up in the future - doing more 24 hour races and competing at the top level in Europe.”
The Beechdean team were given an official finishing position of 34th after completing 324 laps before retiring.
They were not alone however as half of the 66 car field failed to complete the 24 hours.
“We made it to 18-and-a-half hours then had to call it a day,” Adam said.
“We had a battery problem midway through the night which cost us a little bit of time.
“But the big one came early the next morning when a fault developed with a rear wheel nut.
“We couldn’t get the car back to the pits, and once you get assistance from the marshalls that’s you basically retired.
“The main objective was to try and complete a 24 hour race, which is hard in itself, as was proved with so many cars failing to finish the race.
“The pace of the car was good and had we finished we’d have been looking at 16th or 17th so there’s positives. It’s just a shame it finished on a downer.”
Adam returns to the British GT Championship this weekend for the fifth round at Snetterton.
He and co-driver Howard currently sit fifth in the drivers standings, but with three rounds still to go, Adam has not yet given up hope on the title.
“We’re still in the hunt,” he said “We’ve managed to do some testing at Snetterton and the car performed well.
“We’re 38 points off the lead but there’s still a lot of points up for grabs.
“It’s make or break this weekend. If we have a bad one it will be slipping away from us.
“On the other hand we could push to the top of the championship if we have a really good weekend.”