Great experience at world championship event

Jonathan Adam - Beechdean Aston Martin - British GT
Jonathan Adam - Beechdean Aston Martin - British GT

KIRKCALDY racer Jonny Adam reflected on the “great experience” of competing in a World Championship event last weekend, despite his team having to pull out of the endurance race with ten minutes to go.

Adam and his Aston Martin Racing team-mates Andrew Howard and Paul White had a weekend of ups and downs at the FIA event at Silverstone.

They were quickest in practice but in qualifying heavy rain made tyre selection “a bit of a lottery” which “went against us,” said Adam.

But, despite then starting sixth on the grid Adam briefly had his team in the lead. Although, they dropped down to fourth before a disastrous engine failure ended their race prematurely.

Jonny Adam told the Press he’ll take a lot of positives from the experience.

He said: “It was OK, it was a good weekend. A big one for me and the team.

“I did the first two hours and got right to the front, which was a great feeling.

“It was going well – we managed to do two hours on our tyres while everyone else changed after an hour.

“This was paying off for us until the engine packed in. So that was a bit of a disappointment, but all in all it was a great experience.

“We all learnt a lot from racing at that level. That’s the highest level there is, so to be competing in races like that is a great achievement for us.

“And to do it with Austin Martin was great too, it’s the biggest opportunity I have had.”

Adam believes the experience of last weekend will pay dividends in the future, possibly within a fortnight.

“I think we showed our potential for the whole weekend,” he said.

“If the opportunity comes up again next year then we would be ready for it.

“We’re back at Silverstone in two weeks time for the next round of British GT Championship, so last weekend will have put us in good stead for that.

“I hope it means we have an edge on the others.”