Pole position - but Jonny is forced to settle for fifth

Jonny Adam (right) and Andrew Howard celebrate pole - but the pair had to settle for fifth place at the Silverstone 500.
Jonny Adam (right) and Andrew Howard celebrate pole - but the pair had to settle for fifth place at the Silverstone 500.
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Jonny Adam had to settle for fifth place in round four of the British GT Championship at Silverstone on Sunday.

The Kirkcaldy driver, racing for Beechdean Aston Martin alongside Andrew Howard, had secured pole position in the GT3 class.

Howard’s initial flying lap of 2 minutes 04.390 seconds laid the foundations for Beechdean’s pole.

Adam’s individual 2:01.697 lap not only proved fastest of the weekend but also helped give he and Howard pole by a combined 0.937 seconds.

Adam then went on to claim the fastest lap of the Silverstone 500 in the GT3 class in Sunday’s three hour
race.

Unfortunately, after a difficult start in wet conditions saw Howard spin off at Becketts, he and Adam had to battle their way past the rest of the field from 16th place to fifth at the checkered flag.

The current British GT GT3 Championship standings leave Howard and Adam in fourth place.

Adam said: “Silverstone was a very tricky race due to the changeable weather.

“We lost out on strategy with an unlucky call on running on wets too long. Both drivers’ pace was strong throughout the three hour race and fifth has still given us good points.

“The team did a great job on making the car fast over the weekend.”

Howard added: “Fifth place is still reasonable points, and from the pace we set over the weekend we do have a fast Aston Martin GT3.

“The weather didn’t help and in these situations with safety cars it’s a lottery.

“The next round at Spa I think we’ll have a great chance of a podium and we are aiming for that.”

Fellow Kirkcaldy racer Rory Butcher was also in action in the Silverstone 500, racing alongside Liam Griffin in the Motorbase/Oman Racing Aston Martin Vantage.

Despite running as high as third during the race, both Griffin and Butcher fought hard to hold onto their starting position cross the line in sixth place.

Butcher and Griffin maintain their second place position in the overall drivers’ standings.

Butcher said: “It was a challenging weekend and one which didn’t seem to go our way.

“We aimed for a podium finish and walked away with a sixth place so we are disappointed.

“However every team has its good and bad weekends. We still have four events to go and we are still very much in the championship fight.”