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Dedication’s what you need, if you wanna be a Record Breaker…

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Despite being too young to appear on the long-running BBC TV show Record Breakers, Aston Martin factory star Jonny Adam was smashing them again at Brands Hatch last weekend.

By clinching victory on the GP layout of the famous Kent circuit alongside team-mate Graham Davidson, he chalked up a record 16th outright British GT win and helped to catapult the duo firmly back into title contention.

Now just six points behind the leaders heading into the final round, we asked him what he thought about the run-in to the BGT championship.

This has been yet another season that seemed to get off to a slow start, then you have picked up momentum along the way. Do you plan it that way?

“No it’s definitely not pre-meditated, but I’m pleased it does regularly turn out like that!

“Amazingly this will be my fifth Donington decider in September. Four of those I’ve been lucky enough to achieve championship wins in, alongside Andrew Howard in 2013 and 2015, Derek Johnston in 2016 and then with Flick Haigh in 2018.

“It was a must-win for us last weekend at Brands Hatch, and to have been able to achieve that when the pressure was on was a really satisfying. Graham is driving with great confidence at the moment and TF Sport are on a roll in everything they’re doing right now, so it all just clicked at the right time.”

So you’ve been there and done it before from this position, how do you rate your chances going into the final event at Donington?

“It’s shaping up very nicely as another spectacular finale for the fans and media that’s for sure.

“We will be really well-prepared heading to Donington, but luck needs to be on our side as carrying a 20 second success penalty is going to be very hard to overturn.

“To stand any chance we need to be right on top of our game, put ourselves in contention, and hope things go our way.

“I’m confident of fighting for a fourth British GT Championship come September though.”

It’s also just been confirmed that you’ll be in the World Endurance Championship again next season. Does getting a deal done so early help with preparations?

“Yes I’ve signed to race with TF Sport in the 2019/2020 World Endurance Championship in the GTE AM category in a new Aston Martin Vantage GTE.

“My team-mates will be Salih Yoluc and Charlie Eastwood who are great guys that I raced with in the season just passed, and we’ll do the full eight round championship finishing at Le Mans 24 Hour in June 2020.

“We scored podiums on a regular basis last season with that experience under our belts as a unit I think we can mount a challenge for the GTE AM title next year.”

What are you most excited about ahead of your next WEC adventure?

“The calendar takes us all over, and while I’ve raced the circuits before I’m really looking forward to racing in Brazil come February 2020. It’s an awesome track from a driver’s point of view, has lots of history, and Brazil is just a brilliant place to experience as a country.

“Also it has to be said the new red livery on our #90 Aston Martin Vantage looks insanely cool, so I’m already pumped up for getting behind the well and starting testing it in a few weeks in preparation for round one at our home track Silverstone on 1st September.”