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Tricky weekend at Rockingham for Jonny

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The #007 Beechdean AMR Aston Martin GT3 had a positive Saturday, qualifying 2nd on the grid for a hopeful start to Sunday’s race for Howard and Adam.

Andrew Howard, 2013 British GT Champion, quickly launched a challenge for the lead in the Aston Martin Vantage GT3 and maintained the lead for the first 15 minutes of the race before unfortunately encountering a small brake problem.

The GT3 car dropped back to 5th position, and due to an extra 20 seconds of pit stop time after their win in the first round of the British GT Championship at Oulton Park, the Beechdean team came out of the pits in 8th position.

Jonny Adam, however, kept consistent pace, maintaining 8th position for most of the race, and in the last 25 minutes managed to gain a position on the safety car, bringing the Beechdean Aston Martin Vantage GT3 car in at 7th place.

Howard and Adam, after their outstanding victory in GT3 at Oulton, are hoping to have a smoother run at Silverstone and improve on their current 4th position in the British GT GT3 Championship standings.

Andrew Howard: ‘The line-up this year in British GT is very competitive and there is not a lot of lap time difference between the AM drivers, which is going to result in a closely fought championship. It was great to lead the race, and although 7th wasn’t the ideal finish, we know that Silverstone will be a very strong circuit for both driver and car. A huge congratulations to both Jamie and Ross for a superb weekend.’

Jonny Adam: ‘Rockingham was always going to be a tricky weekend with the extra 20 second pit stop time, and unfortunately we developed a small brake problem throughout the race. We still scored points and at this stage of the championship this is important. Our pace was strong throughout the race, and this gives us good confidence going into what is arguably one of the strongest circuits for the Aston Martin Vantage GT3 car at Silverstone.’

Beechdean AMR will return to Silverstone on the 30th/31st May for the next round of the Avon Tyres British GT Championship.