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Flying Scot has the Formula for Success

Airwaves BMW

October 29th 2009

After finishing an impressive eighth position overall in his debut season HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship, Fife-based Touring Car star Jonny Adam will make a one-off return to his roots in single-seater racing for the prestigious Walter Hayes Trophy at Silverstone this weekend.

Jonny AdamThe iconic race attracts a huge grid featuring hundreds of drivers, from up-and-coming talent to experienced masters. The competition is regarded as one of the leading Formula Ford 1600 events in the world and sees some of the closest racing around with such a variety of talent on track.  It takes place in a unique knock-out format over two days, this year October 31 and November 1.

Championship-winning tin-top ace Adam experienced single-seater racing early in his career when competing in the Formula Ford Zetec Championship in 2003, winning the Newcomer's Cup and finishing in a highly respectable third place in the main championship.  He also enjoyed a number of outings in the Formula Renault 3 Championship.

However, this weekend will be the first time in six years that Adam will have got behind the wheel of a single-seater competitively since his Formula Ford Championship days.  The Fife flyer was able to enter the prestigious event after he received backing from sponsors Smart Electrics, HDS Ltd, Production Glass Fibre, STS, Graham Brunton Racing and MIS Race Insurance.

Not only will Adam be up against some well-known international talent, he will face stiff competition from a number of fellow Scots such as Rory Butcher, Jillian Shedden and Glynn Geddie – which should make for a fiercely-fought contest.

The event will round off a busy week for Adam, after he visited the finale of the World Rally Championship at Wales Rally GB as a guest of Airwaves and also spent time in working in Barcelona coaching Renault Clio Cup runner-up Alex McDowall ahead of the final round of the Spanish SEAT series.

Jonny Adam said:

"I'm excited about taking part in the Walter Hayes Trophy as I've not driven single-seaters for four or five years.  If I can make the final then great, but there's going to be some really quick lads out there. There's also going to be a few Scottish drivers I know well involved, so it will be good to go head-to-head with them.  It's going to be fun and there's not the same pressure on me as in a BTCC event, but I still want to go out there and compete well and do my sponsors proud for giving me this opportunity."