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Adam Masters British GT Opener At Oulton
Posted by: newsla on Apr 26, 2014 - 05:46 AM
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Adam Masters British GT Opener At Oulton


Aston Martin Racing's Jonny Adam helped driving partner Andrew Howard and ice cream team Beechdean AMR scoop a double podium at the opening weekend of the 2014 Avon Tyres British GT Championship at Oulton Park.

 

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The cherry on top was Adam also picking up the Mobil 1 Service Centre 'Master of the Weekend' accolade - awarded to the driver who best reflects a combination of outstanding effort and exceptional sportsmanship over the course of the race weekend.

The results were even sweeter thanks to the fact they came against one of the most competive fields ever seen in the British GT championship - with 34 cars lining up to compete in the two one-hour races around the 4.3km Cheshire circuit.

After an accomplished performance in qualifying from Andrew Howard, the Scooby Doo branded #1 Beechdean AMR Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 started second on the grid for race one.

Following a clean getaway the reigning British GT champion showed his class by producing consistenty fast lap times throughout his stint. He shadowed the #4 Oman Racing Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 of Ahmad Al Harthy, and as the safety car came out for an incident on track the Beechdean AMR crew decided to pit straight away for a driver change to Jonny Adam.

However, due to the safety car procedures the Scotsman was held up and had to slot into fourth place when the rest of the field had pitted. After holding off the charging Audi of Matt Bell and benefitting from a drive through for the #888 car of Luke Hines, the Beechdean AMR car took a fine third place at the finish line.

In race two Jonny Adam started from the front row, and while chasing the Ecurie Ecosse BMW Z4 of Alexander Sims opened a sizeable gap on the new Bentley GT3 of Steven Kane in third. Unfortunately all his hard work was to be undone as another safety car appearance closed the field up.

After a quick pit stop and driver change to Andrew Howard the car left the box, but was held back by the #13 AF Corse Ferrari at the end of the pit lane - frustratingly resulting in a loss of position. After the safety car came in the reigning British GT Champion raced the Ferrari hard and worked his way past into fourth. At this point the safety car came out again for contact between the #25 United Autosport Audi and #18 FF Corse Ferrari of Gary Eastwood.

At the restart, and with five minutes to go, the Beechdean AMR driver put massive pressure on the factory M-Sport Bentley #17 of Rembert Berg and slipped past coming out of the first chicane on the run down to Knickerbrook. After taking the chequered flag in third once again the Beechdean AMR crew celebrated a great start to their 2014 championship campaign.

Looking back on the event Jonny Adam said: "Taking two strong results like this really was an ideal way to kick off the season, especially when you look at the depth of quality right the way through the grid this year.

"Someone mentioned to me during an interview that we already have a similar points haul after two races as we did after five in 2013, which is promising as we managed to win the championship last year after a terrible start.

"It’s a great team effort to walk away with two hard fought podiums, we've continued to make good progress pushing the car setup forward and learned a lot from these races too.

"It was also brilliant to see our new young GT4 pairing of Ross Wylie and Jake Giddings bag a win on their first outing in the championship, I'm made up for them.

"We need to focus on Rockingham now and keep aiming to deliver that level of consistency."

The team lie second in the championship standings after their strong showing at Oulton, and Beechdean AMR will be in Bank Holiday action once again in a two hour endurance race at Rockingham Motor Speedway on Monday 5th May.

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