Jonathan 'Jonny' Adam is a British racing driver, probably best known as a driver which, as of the end of 2016, managed to win two consecutive titles in the British GT.
He was born on 4th of September 1982 in Kirkcaldy, Scotland, and as a boy raced karting. He competed at national level and in 1999 won Scottish Kart TKM Challenge. Three years later Adam finished 5th in the British National Kart Championship what was his last success before switching to single-seaters.
Jonathan secured his place in the history of British GT
In 2003 Jonny competed in the Scottish Formula Ford Zetec and finished third in the standings, with two race wins on his account. The same year he also appeared as a guest in the UK Formula Renault 2.0 and scored 13 points.
Renault Clio Cup UK champion
After a short spell in single-seater, Adam switched to the sports car racing. In 2004 he debuted in Renault Clio Cup Great Britain and impressed. He won 6 out of 20 races, scored a total of 14 podiums, had seven pole positions and six fastest laps before finishing 3rd overall.
Jonathan won the UK Renault Clio Cup in 2005
The following season was even better. Driving for TCR, he won 11 out of 20 races, had other six podium finishes, and amassed impressive 15 pole positions and 14 fastest laps before taking the title in the penultimate race of the season at Donington Park. That success helped Jonny to make further progress and he was ready for a new challenge.
Two-time SEAT Cupra GB championship title winner
In 2006 Adam signed with Total Control racing to compete in SEAT Cupra Great Britain Championship. Just like when he has competed in the Renault Clio Cup, Jonathan finished 3rd in his rookie season in the new series. He scored two wins and a total of 10 podiums out of 18 races, finishing behind Mat Jackson and Alan Blencowe.
Jonny was a Seat Cupra Cup GB champion twice
The second attempt again was successful. Adam in great style won SEAT Cupra GB title in 2007, winning 9 out of 20 races and having a total of 17 podiums on his way to the top of the standings. He clinched the title at Knockhill, his home circuit, with three races to spare.
He relatively easily defended the title in 2008, scoring 9 wins and other 5 podium places. That was a signal that he is prepared for a higher level.
Short spell in the BTCC
In 2009 Adam joined popular and highly competitive British Touring Car Championship. He signed with Motorbase Performance to drive BMW 320si and did considerably well. He had two podiums and amassed a total of 116 points before finishing 8th in the Drivers’ Championship. Unfortunately, at the end of the season, he had to leave the series after being unable to find a financial backing.
Adam spent only one year in the BTCC
While waiting for a new opportunity, in 2010 the Scottish racer drove in selected rounds of Ginetta G50 Cup Great Britain and scored one victory.
Move to British GT Championship
The next stop in Jonny’s career was British GT Championship. In 2011 he signed with Beechdean Motorsport. Driving an Aston Martin DBRS9 alongside Andrew Howard, he had a very fine season. They won the races at Rockingham and Silverstone and had other two podiums before finishing 5th in the final standings. In the following year, Adam and Howard were behind a wheel of Aston Martin Vantage and won the race at Nurburgring, finished 2nd at Brands Hatch, and 3rd at Snetterton what was enough only for the 8th place in the championship.
In Beechdean AMR's Aston martin Vantage, 2014 British GT
Adam and Howard remained co-drivers of Aston Martin Vantage for three more years. In 2013 they triumphed at Brands Hatch and were 2nd at Silverstone before taking the 4th position overall. Victory at Snetterton was the highlight of 2014 season. The same year they were 3rd in both races at Oulton Park and 2nd at Silverstone but after poor performances late in the season, they dropped to the 5th position.
Jonny won British GT titles in a row with Beechdean and TF Sport
The season of 2015 was the last that the Kirkcaldy-born spent with Beechdean and finally was able to win the title. He and Howard triumphed in the second race at Oulton Park, Spa-Francorchamps, and Snetterton before taking the trophy in front of Ecurie Ecosse’s pair Alexander Sims and Marco Attard.
Derek Johnston and Jonny Adam, TF Sport
In 2016, Adam moved to TF Sport. In the new team, he was sharing the seat of Aston Martin Vantage with Derek Johnston and they became the champions at the first attempt. They won the races at Brands Hatch and Rockingham and later finished 2nd at Snetterton and Donington what was enough for the title. He became the first racer in the British GT history who managed to defend the title.
Debut in the FIA WEC and Blancpain GT Series
In 2014 Jonny also raced with Beechdean AMR in two rounds of the Blancpain Sprint Series. Driving alongside Andy Soucek, they were 5th at Zolder and 2nd at Baku City circuit.
Jonathan is one of the best British GT drivers
In the following year, Scottish driver debuted in the FIA World Endurance Championship LMGTE class. Driving an Aston Martin Vantage GTE alongside Darren Turner and Stefan Mucke, he scored points in all of five races in which he raced, with 3rd place in Bahrain as a highlight. In 2016 Jonny appeared in three rounds of WEC, driving alongside Richie Stanaway, Fernando Rees, and Darren Turner. He was 3rd in the class at Spa and Le Mans 24h, and 5th in the season-closing race in Bahrain.
Jonny Adam and Aston martin crew celebrating victory in 2017 Le Mans 24h GTLME class
In 2017, Adam will continue to share his duties between British GT and FIA World Endurance Championship, driving an Aston Martin Vantage. Driving alongside Darren Turner and Daniel Serra, he won Le Mans 24 Hours LMGTE Pro class after overtaking #63 Corvette on penultimate lap.