Motorsport mates in competition for British GT title

Jonny Adam (centre) celebrates on the Spa podium
Jonny Adam (centre) celebrates on the Spa podium

Kirkcaldy racing mates Jonny Adam and Rory Butcher are fighting it out for the British GT title.

The close friends are tied on points in second position in the driving standings, following the fourth round of the championship held at Spa-Francorchamps over the weekend.

Rory Butcher with his fastest lap award

Rory Butcher with his fastest lap award

Adam, alongside Beechdean AMR team mate Andrew Howard, claimed his first ever victory at the iconic Belgian circuit after a flawless performance in the Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3.

Butcher, who drives the same car for Oman Racing, had to settle for fifth place after team mate Liam Griffin took a jump start penalty at the start the race, while Butcher was also given a 20-second post-race penalty for overtaking under a safety car.

There was at least some consolation for Butcher as he picked up the Sunoco Fastest Lap of the Weekend Award.

The Spa results mean that Adam/Howard and Butcher/Griffin are both 14.5 points behind the championship leaders.

“Rory and I are really good mates,” Adam said. “We were both nine or 10 years old way back when we first starting out racing together in karting.

“But we’re both determined to beat each other and do the best we can for our team mates.

“Rory was really quick at the weekend. If he had better luck, he would have been hard competition, but we’re both still fighting for the title.

“I’m sure the championship battle will go right down to the last round.”

After qualifying on pole, Adam/Howard cruised to their second British GT win of the 2015 campaign by a margin of 18 seconds.

“It was a good weekend and exactly what we needed to get back in the fight for championship,” Adam said.

“We’ve been quick all year but we’ve had some bad races to follow up our two victories.

“It’s up to us to knuckle down and get some consistency going.”

Adam and Butcher will renew their friendly rivalry when the British GT Championship moves onto Brands Hatch on August 1-2.

Before then, Adam will return to Belgium to compete in the Spa 24 Hour on July 25-26.