The Courier & Advertiser (Angus and Dundee)

Feast of action for internatio­nal fans

Flying Fifer Jonny Adam is the reigning British GT champion and drives for Aston martin racing in the 2016 world endurance Championsh­ip

- Jonny Adam

It’s a good time of year for motorsport.

Big events such as the Monaco GP, the Indy 500 and Le Mans 24 hours mean it’s a real feast of action for fans around the world. As a driver it’s just as enjoyable, and it was a pleasure to be part of Motorbase’s first Blancpain Endurance Series podium at Silverston­e a few weeks ago.

The team had a big crash at Brands Hatch British GT and had a lot of work to do building what was essentiall­y a brand new car, so to get a result like that is a nice reward for the long nights they had to put in at the workshop.

I also had double duties with Aston Martin Racing at Oulton Park for British GT and in Germany for Nurburgrin­g 24 Hour on the same weekend.

Four flights back and forth to the UK from Frankfurt over the weekend kept me on my toes, especially the dash to catch my flight back from Manchester to Frankfurt on the Saturday to be at the track later that evening for my planned night-time stints around the 16-mile ‘Green Hell’. Unfortunat­ely, I got the dreaded call from the team just as I got off the plane to say we had to retire the car and our race was over.

Definitely not the result we wanted, but we’ll be back next year to race in what is arguably the toughest 24-hour event outside of the most famous of them all.

Our focus is now on going to Le Sarthe for the biggest race in the world – Le Mans 24 hours.

It’s the most important race in my career to date so I’ve been training extra hard doing a lot of cardio work and weight training to make sure I am 100% ready.

We will doing stints in the car that could be up to 3.5 hours during the night or heat of the day. It’s a whole other level, and the race that all the big manufactur­ers want success in. Porsche, Ferrari, Corvette, Ford and Aston Martin will be among those doing battle – it’s going to be awesome. We recently had our test day and I got to put in my first dry laps around the legendary course, which is half race circuit, half public road.

It’s an amazing place and the team have been working hard behind the scenes on getting all the details right with strategy, pit stops and our tyre choices ahead of the race. Now it’s showtime and we’ve got to deliver...

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Jonny Adam gets ready to race.
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