Beechdean Aston Martin driver Jonny Adam signed off his 2014 season on a stunning high by securing second place in one GT racing’s most prestigious events.
The Kirkcaldy driver teamed up with Spaniard Andy Soucek to contest the final round of the Blancpain Sprint Series - the Baku World Challenge - which takes place on the tight and twisty street circuit in the Azerbaihan capital.
And the pacey partnership clinched the second step on the podium in both the qualifying and main events to pick up a prize cheque of 50,000 euros, and claim the revered British manufacturer’s challenge as the sole Aston Martin entry.
“To be fastest throughout free practice and pick up two podium positions is really satisfying as it’s a truly world class field, and a race everyone wants to win,” explained Adam.
“Our aim was to show how competitive the Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 could be at this level, and we’ve ticked that box against some extremely tough competition from other manufacturers who have been in this championship all season.”
Prior to his outings in the final two rounds of the Blancpain Sprint Series, Jonny enjoyed mixed fortunes in the British GT Championship this season alongside Beechdean team principal Andrew Howard, with the pair ultimately unable to defend the title won the previous season.
However, Adam feels the pace shown and the results delivered when in a position to challenge demonstrated significant progress year on year.
“The advances we made in terms of setup meant we qualified so much better this year, and if you look at the likes of Snetterton where we took a pole and a race win that really underlined what we were capable of when the conditions were going our way,” he explained.
“If that was a real high then Spa 24hrs was the opposite. We had an ideal driver line up, a great car and perfect preparations for the event so genuinely felt we could challenge for the win at a race that was a big target for us.
“Unfortunately a really unlucky sequence of events meant our weekend was over early. That’s just the way it goes sometimes, but it was a hard one to take for everyone involved in the team as we’d all worked so hard.”
Adam is close to finalising his schedule for 2015 and hopes to combine multiple series to enable him to continue showing his worth to both factory and customer Aston Martin teams.
“It’s been a good season on the whole, but you can always get better,” he said. “To do that you have to stretch yourself, so I’m always looking for environments that will make me raise my game.
“I’ve picked up some great experience this year racing with different people and taking on new tracks and championships.
“The goal for me in 2015 is to challenge for race wins and titles.”