Beechdean Motorsport win at the Nürburgring

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Beechdean Motorsport secured the first race win for the new Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 in Race One of the Avon Tyres British GT Championship race at the Nürburgring.

Starting second on the grid after an impressive qualifying performance, Andrew Howard put in a strong opening stint in difficult conditions to hand over to Jonny Adam in fourth place during the mandatory pit stops.

Adam immediately set a blistering pace, moving up to second place as the pit stops cycled through. Jonny then set about closing down the 15 second gap to Alex Buncombe in leading RJN Nissan GTR. Catching him by over a second a lap, the Scott soon had the lead down to 6 seconds with just over 10 minutes of the race remaining.

On lap 28 the Nissan pulled into pit lane to serve a drive through penalty, handing the lead to Adam who held it to the end of the race, securing the first victory for the Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3.

“That was great” said Jonny Adam. “I was up for the fight and I could see the target (RJN Nissan) in front and I think we’d have got them at the end without the penalty. It’s great to win and it’s good to have our championship quest back on track too.”

“Awesome, mega, fantastic, amazing! To start in the conditions we did was difficult. It was cautious on the first two laps, once it settled down, I just couldn’t catch the guys in front” Said Andrew Howard. “To be fair to Nissan, I think it was heading towards a great finish anyway before the penalty. Fantastic to give the Vantage GT3 its first victory too, what a place to do it.”

Round three of the British GT Championship at Rockingham June 9th.

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