Beechdean AMR takes second at Silverstone

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Beechdean AMR is celebrating a second place finish at the British GT Championship at Silverstone, a result that stands the team in good stead ahead of this weekend (1/2 June) when it returns to the Northamptonshire circuit for the second round of the highly competitive Blancpain Endurance Series (BES).

In an extremely tight qualifying session, which saw the top ten separated by just 0.8 seconds, Beechdean AMR’s pro-driver and Aston Martin Racing’s latest works signing Jonny Adam (GB) placed the V12 Vantage GT3 ninth on the grid.

The race began under glorious sunshine and the Pro-Am pair employed an ambitious strategy, which saw team-owner Andrew Howard start the three-hour race. The all-British duo each completed two stints in the car and worked hard to hunt down and pick off the field of Ferraris, BMWs and Porsches using the safety car disruptions to their advantage.

“I’m really thrilled with the team,” comments Howard. “We went into the race with a fairly aggressive strategy that had a ‘win or bust’ philosophy. We were really pleased to have avoided the various incidents and come out with a fantastic second place result in the British GT Championship.”

Alongside its British GT Championship campaign, Beechdean AMR is contesting the Blancpain Endurance Series with Adam, Howard and Aston Martin Racing reserve driver Daniel Mckenzie (GB). At the first round at Monza, the team finished fourth in class and eleventh overall in its championship debut and, following this weekend’s solid performance at Silverstone, it is hoping for another strong result.

“Having raced in British GT at Silverstone last weekend we are very optimistic about the Blancpain Endurance Series this weekend,” continued Howard. “We feel that we are carrying good pace and local knowledge into our home race and, if things go our way on the day, we are confident we can turn this into a good result.”

Jonny Adam adds: “The strategy worked well at the weekend and to finish second is great - it’s good to have some solid points in the bag. The Vantage GT3 is always good on its tyres at Silverstone and it's great to go into the Blancpain Endurance Series round knowing that we are quick. However, there are a lot more cars on the grid this weekend and it’s a very competitive field, so we’ll have to see what we can do on the day.”

The second round of the Blancpain Endurance Series at Silverstone starts on Saturday 1 June with qualifying at 0900hrs GMT. The race starts at 1450hrs GMT on Sunday 2 June. Follow the team’s progress at or on Twitter using @beechdeanah (Andrew Howard) and @jonnyadam (Jonny Adam).

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