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With the 2019 British GT championship passing the halfway mark and shutting down for a month, you might be forgiven for thinking that Aston Martin factory star Jonny Adam would be ready for a holiday.

In fact the triple champion can’t wait for the next race – and would have preferred to keep up the momentum gained after he and TF Sport team-mate Graham Davidson got their campaign firmly back on track at with a win at Donington last weekend.

The first three rounds had not been particularly kind to the Scottish duo, especially the preceding Silverstone 500 where they had qualified on pole and looked on for a victory until the final few minutes of the three hour event when a collision robbed them of a memorable and much-needed result.

However, the pair showed their quality and bounced back from that agonising incident by qualifying on pole at Donington then controlling a hard-fought race from the front of the pack to clinch their first maximum points of the season.

It’s a result that catapults them into third place in the drivers’ standings and sets them up for a shot at the title if they can maintain that kind of form over the remaining three events.

Ahead of his appearance representing Aston Martin Racing at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, Jonny outlined his thoughts on the BGT season so far and how he’s looking at where he and Davidson can go from here.

How are you feeling after the dust has settled from Donington last weekend?

“Finally a win and some luck came our way this year in British GT!

“Graham and the whole team performed extremely well all weekend, and a pole position then a lights-to-flag win is just what we needed to get our campaign back on track.

“It was close throughout to keep the opposition at bay, but a relief to make it stick and bring it home in the end after what happened at Silverstone a few weeks ago which was really tough for everyone.

“It’s also a great feeling getting a first win for the new Vantage GT3 in this championship, something I achieved in 2012 with the previous generation model.”

How are you approaching the remainder of the BGT season from here on in?

“We take this momentum now into Spa next month, which is a circuit that should suit the Aston Martin Vantage GT3’s strengths, so we should be confident or targeting another decent result.

“I’ve been in this position before of having to come from behind in the standings going into the back end of the season, and sometimes it’s easier to be doing the chasing as you know what you have to do and the pressure is all on the guys at the top.”

The latest win puts you back on a record 15 victories overall in BGT along with Phil Keen, have you got a target of how many you’d be happy with?

“It’s nice to draw equal with Phil on outright wins. He’s had a great season so far and has always been a tough opponent over the years.

“It’s hard nowadays to win more than two or three races a year due pit stop success penalties etc, and in all honesty my full focus is on championship points through consistency rather than outright victories.

“Still a great feeling when you do get them though!”

Aside from the last race, what has been your favourite thing about this season so far?

“The progression and development of the new Aston Martin Vantage GT3 has to be my highlight. It’s nice to have been involved from the outset with the creation of the car and now it’s becoming a very competitive machine in the UK and across Europe with both Pro and Gentlemen drivers.

“It’s really satisfying to play a role in this kind of project and see it starting to deliver on so many different levels.”

So BGT is shut down for a month, does that mean you get to put your feet up and chill out?

“Far from it. July is a busy month with testing programmes and then British GT at Spa, but I have also the Spa 24 Hours with Garage 59 at the end of July too so endurance training and preparation is my big focus to be ready for that tough and physically gruelling race.

“No lounging around on a beach for me, which is fine as I’d rather be behind the wheel of a racing car anyway!”