Adam Christodoulou is a British racing driver of the Greek origin who competes in various categories of the sports cars racing. His greatest result so far is a victory at 24 Hours of Nürburgring in 2016, in a Mercedes-AMG GT3 with Black Falcon teammates Maro Engel, Bernd Schneider and Manuel Metzger.
Early in a career, he captured two championship title in single-seater competitions: Formula Renault UK and Star Mazda.
Controversial start of a career in karting
Adam Robert Christodoulou was born on 11th of June 1989 in Lichfield, Staffordshire, and as a boy raced karting before his license was suspended after it was found that he used an engine that was illegally modified by his father.
Adam had to serve a 9-months suspension but later his punishment was reduced. When he returned to karting, Christodoulou was distinguished among his colleagues, so at the end of 2006 he left karting racing.
Adam Christodoulou was the Formula Renault UK champion in 2008
Formula Renault UK champion in 2008
At the same time, he debuted in single-seaters. In 2006 he raced in the Formula Renault UK Winter Series, picking up an experience for the 2007 campaign. Driving for the CRS Racing team, Christodoulou finished 4th in the Formula Renault UK and 8th in the Formula Renault NEC.
In the following year the Lichfield-born became the series champion. He won 7 out of 20 races that year and had other four podium finishes. At the end of the season he was ahead of some well-known names like Alexander Sims, Dean Stoneman, Oliver Webb, etc. After such a fine season, he was McLaren AutoSport Club Driver winner.
2009 Star Mazda Series champion
Departure to the US
A bit surprisingly, Christodoulou went to the United States where he raced in the Star Mazda Series, one of the IndyCar feeder championships. The British driver did above all expectations and won the title in the first attempt. He won 3 out of 13 races – at Sebring, Virginia International Raceway, and Laguna Seca – scored other four podiums and failed to score points only once.
In 2010 Adam switched to Grand-Am Series, to race with Newman Wachs Racing alongside John Edwards. They won the race at Lime Rock Park and had three more podiums before finishing 6th in the overall standings of the GT class. The same year Christodoulou also appeared in four races of the European Open GT Championship and scored two podiums.
The season of 2011 was full of duties for the British driver after he appeared in various events and championships. He debuted in the endurance classics like Nurburgring 24h and 24 Hours of Spa, but the best result was the 6th place at 24 Hours of Daytona. Adam also drove in the VLN Series, Le Mans Series, as well as in the Ferrari Challenge.
Driving the McLaren GT, 2011 Spa 24h
Return to Europe and wins in big endurance racing events
Christodoulou was in fine form in 2012 and achieved some success racing across Europe. The biggest victory was at Barcelona 24h where he drove Lapidus Racing’s McLaren MP4-12 GT3 alongside Klaas Hummel, Phil Quaife, and Tim Mullen. Adam also was 3rd in the SP10 GT4 class at Nurburgring 24h, scored a victory in VLN, and also raced in the Blancpain GT Series and GT Open.
Racing in VLN was Christodoulou’s main task in 2013 and he scored four class wins and other three podiums out of eight races before winning the title in his class. He also finished 3rd in the European GT4 Cup, 4th at 24 Hours of Spa and Blancpain GT Endurance Series.
The following season wasn’t as good but Christodoulou still scored some notable results, like three wins in VLN and the 3rd place at Dubai 24h when he drove Black Falcon’s Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 alongside Khaled Al Quabaisi, Jeroen Bleekemolen, Abdulaziz Al Faisal, and Hubert Haupt.
Mercedes AMG driver since 2015
Since 2015, the Brit has also been successful as an AMG Driver supporting Customer Racing Teams in various racing championships. That year he won the 24h Series race at Circuit Paul Ricard, driving the RAM Racing’s Mercedes SLS AMG GT3 alongside Tom Onslow-Cole, Paul White, and Thomas Jager.
Adam also finished 2nd in the 24h races in Dubai and at Mugello Circuit. He also qualified 2nd for the Nurburgring 24h and won two races in the DMV Championship, as well as in VLN.
Driving a Mercedes - AMG in the VLN
Sensational victory at Nürburgring 24 Hours in 2016
Probably the biggest achievement in Adam’s career so far was an overall victory at 2016 Nurburgring 24h. Again behind the wheel of Black Falcon’s Mercedes, Christodoulou played an important role on the road to victory alongside his co-drivers Bernd Schneider, Maro Engel, and Manuel Metzger.
Before victory at Nordschleife, Adam was 2nd at Dubai 24h while later in the season he also raced i VLN, Blancpain GT Endurance Series, and Bathurst 12 Hours.
Adam celebrates victory in 2016 Nurburgring 24h with his co-drivers
One more Nürburgring podium for endurance racing specialist
In 2017, the Brit continues to share his racing duties with Mercedes AMG between various series, including Blancpain GT Series, British GT Championship, VLN, 24H Series and IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
He continued with similar programme in 2018. In May, he reached a podium at Nürburgring 24 Hours, finishing in the second place in the #4 Black Falcon Mercedes-AMG GT3. His teammates were Maro Engel, Manuel Metzger and Dirk Muller.