This weekend, 11th July, the infamous Spa-Francorchamps circuit saw 2013 British GT champion, Andrew Howard, and Aston Martin Factory driver, Jonny Adam, push themselves back into the game in the Beechdean AMR Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 with overall victory.
After claiming pole in Friday’s qualifying, Howard and Adam’s second consecutive pole position in the Avon Tyres British GT Championship, the Beechdean AMR duo cruised to victory on one of the most challenging race tracks in the world.
Despite the inevitable pressure of round 5 of the British GT, the Beechdean pairing worked hard focussing on the race of the season, and Adam, yet again, showed incredible pace. Keeping their cool in the heat of Spa, Beechdean AMR’s GT3 drivers are now second in the British GT Championship standings, only 14 points off the lead.
An eventful start to the two-hour race saw Liam Griffin of Oman Racing Team in the lead, after a jump-start, before his serving of the subsequent drive-through penalty which allowed Howard back into first. Dropping to second in a close race, Howard pitted after the safety car release, and the Beechdean AMR team perfected the pit stop with Adam pulling out in a comfortable second.
Great strategy and efficiency, along with Jonny Adam building up pace, meant that three laps in, Beechdean AMR were once again in the lead and set to win their second race of the season aboard their reliable GT3 Aston Martin Vantage.
As the first multiple British GT Championship overall winners of 2015, after Oulton Park victory at the start of the season, Andrew Howard, Jonny Adam and the rest of the Beechdean AMR team are proud of their flawless performance and the consistency of the Aston Martin GT3 car, and are ready to take the final three races of the championship by storm.
Jonny Adam: “The car was great, nice and consistent; it was more a case of watching the track limits because it’s so easy to make a mistake here. As for the Championship, it’s been going backwards and forwards as the season’s gone on but Brands is a good circuit for us, we won at Snetterton last year and it always goes down to Donington, so we’ve got a couple of good rounds coming up.”
Andrew Howard: “It was great to get another victory and do it at Spa makes it more special. It was the perfect race for us, and Jonny and the team were brilliant this weekend. This sets us up nicely for Brands Hatch which will be the crucial round in our Championship challenge.”