Beechdean AMR’s professional driver, Jonny Adam (GB), has signed for the Aston Martin Racing works team, in a deal that will first see him on track in the Vantage GTE at the official Le Mans test session on 9 June.
Adam, 28, was announced as the reserve driver for the Banbury-based team earlier this year, and team bosses have since been impressed by his solid performances in the Blancpain Endurance Series and the British GT Championship, which he competes in alongside team-mate and team-owner Andrew Howard (GB).
“I am thrilled that Jonny has been given a full factory drive with Aston Martin Racing”, said Howard when he heard the news. “This is my third season working with Jonny and it has been great to watch him move up the GT rankings so quickly. He is fast, reliable and a great coach, a real asset to Aston Martin Racing.”
Beechdean AMR is one of only ten Aston Martin Racing partner teams in the world. As such, Adam has had a close relationship with the team, including team principal, John Gaw, who invited him to a works team GTE test session at Snetterton on Thursday (9 May).
“Jonny has impressed over the past few years of racing with Beechdean AMR and as a result recently tested with the factory team in the GTE car,” commented Gaw. “His approach, attitude and consistency is as we expect from a factory driver and this latest agreement further cements the relationship between Aston Martin Racing, Jonny and Beechdean. We look forward to seeing him debut in the works Vantage GTE at the Le Mans test day in June.”
Adam adds: “I’m delighted with this opportunity to join Aston Martin Racing as a works driver. A dream really has come true for me. To be involved with a team in the chase for an FIA world championship is something very special - even more so that it is in Aston Martin’s centenary year.
“I look forward to continuing my racing programmes in both British GT and Blancpain Endurance Series with Andrew Howard and Beechdean AMR and hope that 2013 is a successful year for Aston Martin.”
Adam will race with Beechdean alongside any Aston Martin Racing commitments. His next race outing will be alongside Howard in the Beechdean-sponsored V12 Vantage GT3 at the third round of the British GT Championship at Silverstone on 25th May.