KIRKCALDY’S Jonny Adam has been celebrating a second place finish in the British GT Championship at Silverstone, ahead of a swift return to the track.
Adam and Beechdean AMR team mate Andrew Howard were runners up in the contest and will now race again at the Northamptonshire circuit this weekend in the Blancpain Endurance Series (BES).
Speaking to the Press, Adam said getting a podium finish was “fantastic” for the team, and sets them up nicely for the BES.
He said: “We’ve had a rough time recently with a bit of bad luck so we’re delighted to have done so well in such a big event.
“It was the biggest grid ever for the GT Championship - 48 cars in all - and it was live on TV so it was great to put on such a good show.”
The duo had employed an aggressive strategy which Adam said seemed to have worked in their favour, allowing them to pick off the field of Ferraris, BMWs and Porsches. “We played it quite well and chose our time to pit better than most other teams,” he said. “There were a few disruptions from the safety car but we managed to cope with them.
“Finishing second moved us up to sixth place and we’re only about 20 points off the lead. It’s been good to get a level of consistency going and to have some solid points in the bag.”
Andrew Howard, who is also team-owner, was equally delighted, saying: “I’m really thrilled with the team.
“We went into the race with a fairly aggressive strategy that had a ‘win or bust’ philosophy.
“We were really pleased to have avoided the various incidents and come out with a fantastic second place result.”
The team now turns its attention to the BES where, in a superb first round in Monza, they finished fourth in class and 11th overall.
“We surprised ourselves in the first round!” said Adam. “But we’re confident going into this race.
“We’re on home soil and we have track knowledge which will hopefully be to our advantage because it’s going to be tough.
“There are 57 cars taking part and the level of competition is a bit higher. There are more European competitors involved with cars from the higher end of the scale.
“We’ll have to see what we can do on the day but we go into it knowing that we’re driving well and the car is quick, the Vantage GT3 is always good on its tyres at Silverstone.
“We’re looking forward to it and if we could get a podium result it would have been a great two weeks for the team.”