Joy for Jonny at Silverstone – but despair for Butcher

The winning Beechdean AMR drivers - Jonny Adam second from left
The winning Beechdean AMR drivers - Jonny Adam second from left

There was joy for Kirkcaldy’s Jonny Adam as he tasted victory in the Britcar 24-Hour race at Silverstone.

But there was disappointment for fellow Kirkcaldy racer Rory Butcher, who was part of the team that led at the halfway stage only to retire due to a mechanical failure.

Adam was part of the Beechdean AMR team that clinched a dramatic class three win and overall race win, after qualifying first in their class and 11th overall.

Butcher, meanwhile, was part of the MJC Racing Squad that was leading the race after 12 hours when a gearbox problem with the Ferrari 430 GT2 forced the team to retire.

Beechdean’s final winning margin of over four laps did not do justice to the constant lead change during a weather affected night session.

The Aston Martin Vantage GT4 car ran faultlessly with Adam playing a key role alongside fellow drivers Andrew Howard, Harry Whale, Jamie Chadwick and Ross Gunn.

The winning team’s success was a result of the reliability of the GT4 car, which performed highly with no problems, as well as the drivers speed and sensible strategy.

Jonny said: “The result from the weekend was a great achievement by all.

“My team mates drove brilliantly, the car performed 100 per cent in the 24 hours, and the team played a cunning strategy with their pit stops. This gives us great momentum going into the weekend.”

Both Adam and Butcher now head to Rockingham this weekend for round two of the British GT Championships.