Jubilant Jonny claims British GT Championship

Jonny Adam (left) and Andrew Howard are the 2015 British GT champions. Pic: Jakob Ebrey
Jonny Adam (left) and Andrew Howard are the 2015 British GT champions. Pic: Jakob Ebrey

Kirkcaldy racer Jonny Adam has won the 2015 Briitsh GT title with his partner Andrew Howard after an incident-packed last round decider at Donington Park.

The Beechdean Aston Martin Racing drivers went into the final race of the season in second place in the championship and handicapped by a 20-second penalty.

Adam and Howard crossed the line in fifth place but, with all but one of their title rivals crashing out in a race full of accidents, that was enough to claim the championship, in Howard’s case, for the second time in three years.

“It feels fantastic to win the British GT Championship,” said a jubilant Jonny, who will now travel to the Circuit of the Americas to join Darren Turner (GB) in the fifth round of the FIA World Endurance Championship.

“Once again, the V12 Vantage GT3 has been perfect all year. It really is a championship-winning car - reliable and quick and able to get the most out of the tyres.

“The team at Beechdean AMR are incredible and this win is for all of them.”

The title victory helped Adam make amends for missing out on the 2013 crown when team mate Howard won it alone after his Kirkcaldy partner was docked points.

“In 2013 I missed out on getting my name on the trophy along with Andrew due to a technicality, but to do it this time at the last race of the season is incredible,” he added.

Andrew, who is also chairman of Wycombe Wanderers Football Club, added: “Winning in 2013 was great but there was a lot of pressure that year, we went into the finale as leaders and it was ours to lose.

“Going in as the hunter takes the pressure off and that enables you to focus better and enjoy it more.

“It also feels so much better winning alongside Jonny, he deserves the British GT Championship title more than anyone.”

The result also kept Jonny at the top of the Sunoco Championship - a separate table for professional drivers - with the prize of a coveted drive in Daytona in January 2016

Jonny’s close friend and racing rival Rory Butcher also had hopes of winning the British GT title at the weekend but his Oman Racing team mate Liam Griffin was forced to retire after a collision in the early stages.