2018 British GT champion Jonathan Adam is happy to be working with Scottish compatriots at TF Sport in 2019 as he bids to defend his overall title.
Adam, three-times a British GT champion, will be working with Graham Davidson this year as last year’s partner Flick Haigh looks to race in Europe after becoming the first woman to win the British GT championship outright in 2018.
The 13-time British GT winner will move from Optimum Motorsport to TF Sport to remain in an Aston Martin Vantage, although he will be running a new car for the first time since 2011.
“I’ve known Tom Ferrier very well and I’ve raced for him before in British GT and WEC, he’s a good friend, the preparation has already started in December, we raced in Abu Dhabi and that’s given the team good information for the season ahead.
“Graham is itching to try and get going and drive the new car in anger. He had a brief spell of 15 laps at Snetterton, loved the car and made his decision there and then that this is what we wanted to drive. He’s been fast, on and off he’s won races and for me it’s about trying to hone him and get the last few tenths out of him.”
After getting married in the autumn of 2018, Adam will be fully focused on racing with a challenging schedule over the next twelve months.
“2018 was mega for host of different reasons and 2019 is really busy. There’ll be a few more programmes to be announced and the British GT already confirmed at the moment but it could be between a 15-18 weekend season.”
The work doesn’t stop for the teams during the winter months, with it being a busy schedule as constructors sort out their entries for next season.
The new Aston Martin, which replaces the successful V8 Vantage, has been popular across both the GT3 and GT4 classes.
“We have a lot going on behind the scenes now, back in the workshop with both GT3 and GT4 cars. The four especially has been really well received, 12 brand new customers have bought the car over the last four or five weeks and they’ve really enjoyed the car, which will make life easier for the customers.”
With Haigh becoming the first woman to win overall since the series’ inception in 1993, Adam was honoured but not surprised to be a part of an historic season in British GT.
“It was nice for me last year because I personally broke a few records for the most wins in GT3 and a third championship, but when the deal was struck in mid-November with Flick and I was told of the programmes we’d be involved in, I did say around the table to Sean Goff and Flick that if we did the right testing with the right engineer and the right package, then I had a gut feeling that something could come good.
“It was no surprise to me that she went to Oulton and smashed it on pole because she tested so well, she put the mileage in. We did 9-10 days of testing, which in GT3 is quite a lot, but she was so determined to be the fastest Am out there and wrap up the championship. All round, for Optimum and British GT it was the perfect story, a new Am driver winning the championship but a female one too. You had Jamie Chadwick in 15 or 16 winning GT4 but it hadn’t happened at the top class for a female. I wish her well this season.”