Kirkcaldy pair set for Europe’s toughest race

Jonny Adam, Aston Martin Racing, will contest his first Nurburgring 24 Hour this weekend.
Jonny Adam, Aston Martin Racing, will contest his first Nurburgring 24 Hour this weekend.

Europe’s toughest motor race - the Nurburgring 24 Hours - takes place this weekend and will feature not one, but two drivers from Kirkcaldy.

Jonny Adam and Peter Dumbreck will be among the 700 drivers - and 240 cars - taking part in the annual event at the famous German track with Jonny linking up with Aston Martin Racing, and Dumbreck teaming up with Falken Motorsports.

Peter Dumbreck

Peter Dumbreck

Both will be hoping for glory in the top SP9 category, with Jonny racing alongside Mathias Lauda, Richie Stanaway in the Aston Martin Vantage GT3 while Dumbreck teams up with Wolf Henzler, Alexandre Imperatori and Martin Ragginger in the Porsche 911 GT3-R.

Dumbreck (41), narrowly missed out on a podium last year, finishing fourth with the same quartet of drivers. This will be his 10th attempt at winning the race, and his eighth with the Falken team.

“The Nürburgring 24 hours is one of a kind,” said Dumbreck. “Of all the big endurance races, I think this is the toughest challenge as a driver.

“As time has gone on, every modern day circuit has put in more safety measures, quite rightly, to move with the times and the speed of the cars.

“But the sheer nature of the Nordschleife’s narrow characteristics mean there is very little that can be done.

“When you have 180 cars, competing together on one of the world’s longest circuits and with the most unpredictable weather on the planet, you have a pretty tough race on your hands.”

Meanwhile, Jonny will be racing in his first Nürburgring 24 Hours as part of Aston Martin’s five-car assault on the 2015 endurance race, and he is looking forward to the challenge.

“This is the biggest race so far for me but it’s going to be the toughest,” he said.

“The level of competition is high with big manufacturers represented but we are aiming for a strong result for Aston Martin.

“We want to finish the race, and take the fight to Audi, BMW and Mercedes. Top five would be a great result but a dry 24 hours will help us.”