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Record-breaker Jonny Adam is aiming to translate his British GT momentum into World Endurance Championship glory this weekend.

A stellar showing in the penultimate BGT round at Brands Hatch saw Jonny and Flick Haigh claim pole in qualifying and the race win.

As well as putting the pair back on top of the championship standings, it also saw Jonny set yet another career milestone.

“It was an amazing weekend,” said Jonny after the event. “As always we put a lot of detailed preparation in beforehand. The team did a great job with the Aston Martin Vantage GT3 and it felt so hooked up all weekend for both of us.

“The key was for Flick to get away from the field after qualifying on pole, and she opened a great gap early on.

“That disappeared with the two safety car periods, but our pit stop was slick and it was a nice surprise to come out in second place after our 10-second success penalty from the previous round.”

He admitted the retirement of their main rivals during the race gave him pause for thought in the closing stages.

“When I heard over the radio the Barwell Lamborghini was out I was in two minds. Should I stay in second with one eye on the points, or push for the win?

“Then there was one small mistake by Jonny Cocker in the lead and I managed to pounce with four laps remaining. Those extra points could be the difference.

“It sets us up for another ‘Donington Decider’, and with the form the team and Flick are in we can head into the final round with confidence.”

The victory at Brands Hatch also meant that Jonny notched up his 14th overall win in British GT, a new record in the series.

“To acheve the win record is a great feeling,” said Jonny. “I’ve been in this championship since 2011, and I’ve been lucky to have driven with three very good teammates in Andrew Howard, Derek Johnston and now Flick.

“I’ve also been privileged to have had fast Aston Martins provided by Beechdean AMR, TF Sport and Optimum Motorsport, so I have to thank everyone who’s been with me on the journey to these wins.”

The Aston Martin Racing factory driver’s attention now turns to the FIA World Endurance Championship duty at the home of British motorsport.

He has been placed by AMR within the privateer TF Sport squad alongside Salih Yoluc and Charlie Eastwood to support their bid for GTE-AM honours.

Jonny says he is fired up by the prospect of returning to the world stage with a team he has shared success with previously.

“I’m really excited ahead of this weekend’s WEC home event at Silverstone. TF Sport are a great team, Salih and Charlie are a strong combo, and the Vantage GTE is well-suited to Silverstone.

“That puts is in great shape going into the event, so our aim is try and achieve a podium in a very competitive class.”