Aston Martin factory driver Jonny Adam says winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans has eclipsed all his previous accomplishments in motorsport.
Speaking on a whistle-stop tour of Scotland with the winning trophy, the Fifer said he was still stunned by what he and team-mates Darren Turner and Daniel Serra had achieved in the 85th edition of the legendary event.
What have the past few days been like and how have you been feeling since the chequered flag fell on Sunday’s dramatic race?
“In some ways it’s not really sunk in. Since I started racing sportscars I’ve always understood what the Le Mans 24hrs is all about and the scale of it.
“So to make my debut last year and finish the race was great considering it sometimes takes years for a racer to do that. Now to create a bit of history for Aston Martin and play a part in its first victory at Le Mans in ten years is amazing.
“Even more so because of the way the race unfolded. It was a titanic battle from first to last between all the GT Pro cars. I think most people hoped it would be a good fight before the event, but after how close qualifying was everyone in the pitlane just knew it was going to be brilliant.
“In the end we won it by racing hard and fair for the full 24hrs and I think the fans really appreciated what all the teams and drivers put into it. When I made the pass on the Corvette going into the final lap I thought something had wrong with the car at first as there was this huge wall of sound. The noise of the fans roaring drowned out the engine. That moment will stay with me for the rest of my days.”
What was the key to Aston Martin Racing’s strong performance at Le Mans this year?
“The hot conditions played in to our hands to a degree, but that’s because Dunlop did an incredible job in preparing tyres for us that were pretty much perfect all the way through the event. The whole team at AMR put their heart and soul into it though. To see everyone’s faces when I got back to the garage is what racing is all about for me, as you could tell what it meant all 200 people in the squad. We had a really nice moment after the race where we all got together to toast the victory, and it was pretty emotional.”
What’s next on the horizon for you?
“The result at Le Mans has put Aston back in the hunt for the WEC titles, and hopefully we can carry our form at La Sarthe into the remaining rounds. I think the Balance of Performance is spot on and probably the fairest it’s ever been. That allows all the teams to fight evenly, and as a driver that’s what you want.
“Before that I’m straight back into action an at Paul Ricard this weekend in the Blancpain Endurance Series where we lead the Pro-Am class standings, then it’s another unique event I’m seriously looking forward to.
“I’ll be driving the #97 Vantage GTE up the Hill at Goodwood Festival of Speed in the same condition it finished at Le Mans. It won’t have been washed or anything. That’s going to be a special run.
“Between now and then I would like to thank everyone at Aston Martin Racing, Prodrive, Aston Martin, Dunlop and Total for all their help and support.
“Also on a personal note to all my sponsors, including Asset Alliance Group, Production Glassfibre, MadeBrave plus the family and friends who helped to achieve this memorable victory at Le Mans 24 Hour.”