Jonathan's first chequered flag drives his ambitions

A FORMER Balwearie High School pupil has won his first major race in a single seater car at Knockhill racing circuit.

Jonathan Adam, who lives at 9 Dean Park Court in Kirkcaldy, was first past the chequered flag at the Fife racetrack in round eight of the Scottish Formula Ford Zetec championships.

It's been a quick rise to stardom for the 18-year-old who only started racing in the single seater car in March.

He said: "I've been getting quicker every single round and although it was a close race I got the jump on the guy in front of me when it re-started after a red flag incident.

''Then it was just a case of defending my position until the final lap.

''I was delighted that I managed to hold on."

Jonathan is currently sitting fifth in the overall drivers' standings on 94 points although in the newcomers' table he sits one point behind the leader.

The ambitious youngster has also signed a contract with Team DFR meaning that he will race in the superior Formula Renault series at selected races this season.

In his first race at Donnington last month he finished a respectable 21st out of 32 and this weekend he heads to Brands Hatch.

Jonathon said: "I'm going to circuits I've never been to before and racing against drivers from all over the globe so it is really exciting

''The cars can reach up to 170 mph so I'm gaining valuable experience while racing in faster cars."

Jonathan is currently sponsored by Alex Penman Builders, Purvis Plant and Grange Garage and hopes to secure enough funding next year to allow him to compete in the Formula Renault championships.

He added: "If you can get the budget behind you then you can progress in the sport and my aim is to move up to Formula Renault.

It's a fantastic career to be involved in and I just want to progress as far as I can in motorsport.

''If I can make it into Formula Renault next season then the next step up from that is Formula Three, then it's Indycar or Formula One.

"To reach that level would be a dream come true but all I can do at the moment is continue to do my best and hope that I am at the right place at the right time."