British GT: Jonathan Adam makes history by defending championship

Aston Martin driver Jonathan Adam made history by becoming the first driver to successfully defend the British GT Championship after helping the TF Sport team to its maiden title at Donington Park

British GT: Jonathan Adam makes history by defending championship

Scotsman Adam and team-mate Derek Johnston raced to second place in the season finale, having started from pole in their Aston Martin Vantage GT3.

The pair were handed the title after an uncharacteristic mistake by championship leader Jon Minshaw, who lost control of his Barwell Motorsport Lamborghini Huracan down the Craner Curves during the first half of the race and beached it in the gravel.

Johnston and Adam started the race on pole and made an early break with Alasdair McCaig's Ecurie Ecosse McLaren 650S in tow, and Minshaw slotting in to third.

Things came to a head when Minshaw got a run on McCaig down the Craner Curves, but was caught out by the closing speed as McCaig was trying to lap the GT4 car of Paul Hollywood.

Minshaw was forced wide, dipped a wheel into the gravel and spun down the track before nosing into the barriers at the Old Hairpin.

With the Lamborghini out of contention, Johnston and Adam only needed a top six finish to secure the title.

McCaig's team-mate Rob Bell stole the lead during the pitstops with the TF Sport car having to serve an additional 15 seconds on its stop, leaving Adam to trail him home in second.

The result makes Adam the first driver to defend title in the top class of British GT, and also the first to win it with two different teams. He won last year's title alongside Beechdean AMR team-mate Andrew Howard.

"To be a double champion is almost unreal, and to be honest I never knew about the records, so that just makes it extra-special," said Adam.

"Derek and I have prepared for this so well, with hours on the simulators and getting our heads into the game and this shows the hard work pays off."

Johnston added: "It hasn't sunk in, it's surreal. Jonny has been amazing all year and TF Sport has done such an incredible job with the car.

"We definitely want to be back here defending the title next season."

Optimum Motorsport's Graham Johnson and Mike Robinson claimed the GT4 Class crown, taking a podium finish while the rival Beechdean team of Jack Bartholomew/Ross Gunn suffered a late brake issue.

Ecurie Ecosse completed a double when Sandy Mitchell and Ciaran Haggerty won the GT4 race in the developmental McLaren 570S GT4.

shares
comments
Motor Sports Association to clamp down on social media abuse

Previous article

Motor Sports Association to clamp down on social media abuse

Next article

Elfyn Evans defeats Mark Higgins for Isle of Man British Rally win

Elfyn Evans defeats Mark Higgins for Isle of Man British Rally win
Load comments
The F1 techniques club racers can use to go faster Plus

The F1 techniques club racers can use to go faster

Mercedes engineer James Wingfield is used to data in his F1 day job, but the Caterham racer shows how grassroots club drivers can also benefit from the tool

National
Aug 1, 2021
Why the Jaguar E-type remains special at 60 Plus

Why the Jaguar E-type remains special at 60

It’s 60 years since the Jaguar E-type arrived and caused a sensation. As our resident racer Ben Anderson discovered when he got behind the wheel of two special racing versions at Brands Hatch, the thrill of driving them hasn't diminished over time

GT
Jul 31, 2021
10 reasons to attend the Goodwood Festival of Speed Plus

10 reasons to attend the Goodwood Festival of Speed

It’s almost two years since Goodwood last hosted a public motorsport event, but the stars, cars and fans are now set to flock back this weekend. Here are 10 of the key elements that will make this year’s Festival of Speed unmissable

National
Jul 7, 2021
The addictive experience of racing a rallycross Supercar Plus

The addictive experience of racing a rallycross Supercar

Racing a Supercar is what every budding rallycross driver aspires to do – and it’s exactly what our reporter had the opportunity to try out. As he found, it lived up to and exceeded expectations

National
Jul 6, 2021
The mouthwatering title fight resulting from a BTCC ace's exile Plus

The mouthwatering title fight resulting from a BTCC ace's exile

Three more of the BTCC’s support series are finally due to begin at Snetterton this weekend, with the Carrera Cup GB promising an epic title fight between its reigning champion and a returning king ousted from his tin-top seat over the winter

National
Jun 11, 2021
The entry level series turning trackday fans into GT champions Plus

The entry level series turning trackday fans into GT champions

Low-cost. Easily accessible. And the perfect route for trackday drivers into competitive motorsport. It’s easy to see why Super Lap Scotland’s time-trial format is proving popular and encouraging new people to try it for themselves

National
May 12, 2021
The Caterham king on a mission to conquer one-make national racing Plus

The Caterham king on a mission to conquer one-make national racing

Danny Winstanley has dominated in Caterhams for several years, firstly as a driver and more recently as a team owner. Now he has more ambitions on the horizon

National
May 11, 2021
How the GT Cup is thriving despite the pandemic Plus

How the GT Cup is thriving despite the pandemic

The GT Cup has attracted a stunning array of drivers and machinery for its opening event at Donington Park this weekend. The fact we're in the middle of a pandemic makes that entry all the more remarkable, but there's plenty of reasons why the series is proving popular

National
Apr 9, 2021