Adam heading down to 'Ring on fire

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Beechdean with Aston Martin Racing driver Jonny Adam is ready to light the touchpaper on his 2012 season when Germany's famous Nurburgring circuit plays host to the Avon Tyres British GT Championship this weekend (May 17-19).

Teething troubles with the setup of the brand new Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 thwarted the Fife driver and team-mate Andrew Howard's chances of fighting for podium positions in the monsoon conditions of the first round at Oulton Park last month - despite qualifying second on the grid.

However, the determined Scot believes the ice cream team have put that firmly behind them and are now in a position to lick the opposition by showing their true potential on the continent.

"We've worked really hard since the first round and our preparation has been first class.

"As well as training hard physically we've been able to put in some solid hours on the simulator getting to know the layout of the Nurburgring, which has been really useful as it gives us a baseline to work from as soon as we arrive.

"I've never raced the GP circuit there but from what I can see it should really suit the car, and the sweeping corners should play to its strengths."

Before embarking for Germany the Beechdean squad carried out final preparations in a testing session at Snetterton, with the focus on ensuring both the drivers and the 007 car won't melt under the pressure of what is sure to be a major event.

"The test at Snetterton was really useful for a number of reasons," explained Adam.

"We were able to work through the changes we have made since Oulton and confirm that they are a step in the right direction.

"We've also got a round of the championship there later in the year, so all the data will be valuable when we go back there to race in August.

"I'm just looking forward to getting back into the driving seat of the Vantage GT3 at the Nurburgring, it's such a great piece of kit.

"It's important we get really solid results in both races in Germany and be in contention for podium places, that's our goal."

Round two of the British GT championship gets unerway on Thursday with two hour long Free Practice sessions (7:40am and 8:55am) and a single 35-minute qualifying session from 17:10. Race one is Friday from 15:30 and race two is on Saturday morning at 8:15am.

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