03/11/2013 20 questions with… Jonny Adam

Beechdean-AMR's speedy Scot, Jonny Adam is this weeks driver in the 20 Questions hot seat. As we all know, Jonny is a rather pacey driver and in his interview he shows us just how much he loves his cars, a rather odd moment with a fire extinguisher and his inner 007 ambitions!


1. Who has been your fiercest rival?

Rob Collard in 2009. Always good to have a quick teammate.


2. Who was your childhood hero?

It would have to be my dad. He got me into motorsport and when we started racing together as a family with my brother in the early years of my career those were really fun times.


3. Which living person do you most admire and why?

Currently it would have to be Allan McNish. He is a true professional on and off the track, and his approach to media and promotional work is always very impressive.  Also his passion to help Scottish motorsport is great to see, especially his support for some of the young talent that is coming through in club racing at the moment.


4. What has been your most embarrassing moment?

Fire extinguisher going off live on ITV4 BTCC Knockhill 2009. (Check it out here - Ed)


5. What has been your biggest disappointment?

Oulton Park was a big disappointment this year. No points, big damage and we felt we had a genuine chance of some good results that weekend.


6. What is your most treasured possession?

My Arai GP6 helmet, it’s just a fantastic piece of kit.


7. Which car have you enjoyed racing most and why?

I’m biased but the GT3 Aston Martin is a great fun car to drive. Loads of aero and power, and with the upgrades in recent years to GT3 cars their performance just gets better and better. It was very cool driving the GTE Aston Martin V8 down the Mulsanne at the Le Mans test day though.


8. Who would play you in the film of your life?

Sean Connery, a fellow Scot and Mr 007 himself.


9. What is your guiltiest pleasure?

Chocolate. Shouldn’t admit this but I can’t get in the car without having some!


10. What does winning feel like?

It’s an amazing feeling at whatever level in our sport. Motorsport is full of passion and emotion and it’s always an amazing rush when you win, especially under pressure.


11. Who would you like to apologise to and why?

I do feel sorry for my mum. She loves coming to support us but can’t watch the start of any of my races, even when my team mate is in the seat!


12. What is the best excuse you’ve ever used for a racing error?

I’ve used quite a few over the years! I once managed to get away with “My foot slipped off the brake because the pedal was slippy.” It definitely couldn’t have been the fact that I ran out of talent as I hit the brakes! (No comment! - Ed)


13. What is the best trophy you’ve won?

This year’s British GT winners’ trophy from Brands Hatch.  We came so close in 2012 that to go back and actually win it this year was really satisfying. It sits proudly in my lounge at home now.


14. Who would you most like as your driving partner and why?

Fernando Alonso. Incredible speed and talent, he’s an absolute machine and rarely makes mistakes.


15. Which circuit would you most like to race on?

Daytona 24 Hour as an event, but as an individual track Laguna Seca and the famous Corkscrew.


16. Which car would you like to race if you could drive any?

The Lola-Aston Martin B09/60, also known as the Aston Martin DBR1-2. LMP1 chassis with the V12 Aston engine would be something special.


17. Where are you going on holiday this year?

Nothing planned actually as have a really hectic racing schedule, but hopefully somewhere nice next year!


18. Do you listen to music before a race?

No not really but I generally have to listen to Andrew Howard’s playlist in the truck before a race as motivation. Let’s just say it’s a very ‘interesting’ selection of tracks. (Lots of reggae, eh? – Ed)


19. If you win, how do you celebrate?

With plenty of Beechdean ice cream of course! Then it’s high-fives all round and a team photo. We have a great team atmosphere at Beechdean AMR and winning means so much to everyone in the squad.


20. What would you be doing if you weren’t a racing driver?

Still working in motorsport in some way. Maybe even being a truckie!