12,000 mile trip for a race that never happened

Jonny Adam. Photo: Michael Booth
Jonny Adam. Photo: Michael Booth

Jonny Adam completed a 12,000 mile round trip to Japan for a race that never happened.

The Kirkcaldy driver was due for a stint behind the wheel of the Aston Martin Vantage GTE in the sixth round of the FIA World Endurance Championship in Fuji at the weekend, but the race was abandoned after just 16 laps behind the safety car due to torrential rain.

It was a disappointing outcome for the Fifer, who had received a late call-up to fill one of the three slots in the number 96 car, but he admitted that the correct decision was made.

“I’ve never seen rain like it before,” Adam told the Press. “The race never even got a green flag. Even behind the safety car at 60mph, cars were struggling to stay on the road.

“It was a bit frustrating after all the travel, but safety is paramount nowadays and these cars are expensive, so they did the right thing by cancelling it. Even our flight was delayed on the way over because of a typhoon around Fuji.”

Despite the cancellation, Adam’s team, which included co-drivers Jamie Campbell-Walter and Stuart Hall, managed to claim points for a second place finish, effectively based on grid position.

“We tested and qualified well, and if race conditions were better a win could have been on the cards,” he said.

“However, we walked away with second place and an extended lead in the GTE Am class, so it was a good result for the team.

“I felt sorry for the Japanese fans. They are crazy for motorsport and there was a mega turn-out despite the weather. It was disappointing for them that they never got to see a world championship race.”