Aston Martin Racing's Jonny Adam takes Border Reivers back to Le Mans

Saturday, March 02, 2013

Jim Clark raced an Aston Martin DBR1 for the Border Reivers at Le Mans in 1960, finishing third overall, and now Jonny Adam takes the Border Reivers Racing name back to Le Mans in the 100th Anniversary year for Aston Martin.

At the official 2013 team launch, Jonny Adam was announced as the development/reserve driver for the Aston Martin Racing team to compete at the world famous endurance race. He will also continue with his commitments with Andrew Howard and Beechdean Aston Martin Racing in the British GT Championship and the Blancpain Endurance Series.

Jonny said: “It’s a great opportunity to be involved with Aston Martin Racing in their 100th anniversary year. I am looking forward to racing with Andrew and Beechdean Aston Martin Racing again but also looking forward to the experience of Le Mans and the chance to take the Border Reivers name back there”.

Ian Scott Watson who is the custodian of the Border Reivers name was delighted to have the name linked once again with Aston Martin and Le Mans. Jonny will carry the iconic logo on his helmet and race suit throughout the 2013 season.

Closer to home Jonny will also be part of another venture for Border Reivers in a new project ‘Racing for Scotland’. The ‘Racing for Scotland’ project aims to create a pathway to take young Karters through their Karting experience and into Scottish Motor Racing.  Jonny will be performing a driver coaching and mentoring role passing on his knowledge and experience of both karting and car racing from the Scottish kart scene to British Touring Cars and now international GT’s.

The first Karter to race in the Border Reivers colours is Jamie Thorburn. The name of Stuart Thorburn has been synonymous in Scottish Formula Ford with the Border Reivers Racing name for over 15 years and his son Jamie is now set to pick up the mantle. The Duns youth was the Raceland Junior Karting Club Champion in 2012 and is now committed to racing in the Scottish Formula Junior Blue series within the Saltire Motorsport team.

Jamie, 14 said “I am looking forward to racing in my first season of Scottish Championship Karting and the opportunity to learn from an experienced racer like Jonny Adam will be great.”

Last year’s Scottish Senior Formula Blue winner Ciaran Haggerty is stepping up to Scottish Formula Ford 1600 in 2013 and will be running in the Border Reivers colours with Graham Brunton Racing. Ciaran, 16 from Johnston, Renfrewshire is making the step up to car racing said “I have been given a golden opportunity to race with a multiple championship winning Formula Ford team.  As part of my prize for winning the Scottish Senior Formula Blue I had the opportunity from Ryan Dalziel to go to the USA to watch the Daytona 24 hour race. While there I met with Ryan and Allan McNish and they gave me a lot of good advice and to have the likes of Jonny Adam and 2010 Scottish FF1600 Champion Craig Brunton mentoring will be invaluable.”

Graham Brunton who is the mastermind behind the Racing for Scotland project explained the need for a pathway for Scottish Karters, “I wanted to bridge the gap in Scottish motorsport between the karting community and the car racing. The idea of creating a home-grown racing ladder is really exciting. The plan is to hold workshops with driver mentoring including media skills. With Jonny and Craig we will be able to have a breadth of knowledge and experience that the young drivers will be able to benefit from. We have on board some great Commercial Partners who also see the merit in developing young drivers.

Image: Richard Leach
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