Reigning champ Adam eyeing Daytona 24 Hours victory

Reigning champ Adam eyeing Daytona 24 Hours victory

Jonny Adam believes he and his Action Express Racing crew mates will be in the mix for victory at this weekend’s Daytona 24 Hours.

The reigning British GT3 champion will be making his DP class debut and only second ever appearance at the world famous endurance race as a prize for winning last year’s Sunoco Whelen Challenge.

The #31 Chevrolet Corvette DP starts Saturday’s race sixth on the grid following yesterday’s rain-affected qualifying session.

Adam’s lack of experience counted for little during the event’s traditional pre-test earlier this month when he and team-mates Dane Cameron, Eric Curran and Simon Pagenaud proved a permanent feature inside the hotly-contested top-10.

And it’s that consistency, allied to the team’s experience of winning the twice-around-the-clock endurance classic that has the Scot dreaming of a perfect first tilt at outright Daytona victory.

“First of all I have to say a massive thank you to Anders [Hildebrand] and everyone at Sunono Fuels UK for this brilliant prize to race with Action Express Racing and Whelen,” he said.

“The Rolex 24 Hour at Daytona has become an iconic race on the sportscar calendar, and to drive the event in a Daytona Prototype with a championship-winning team is an amazing opportunity.

“The Roar test went very well and allowed me to get up to speed with the car and work closely with my teammates throughout the three days of running. All four of us were very close to each other in lap times, so hopefully we'll be a strong package heading into the race.

“It's a great way to kick off my 2016 season, and we've got all the ingredients to have a good shot at the outright win come Sunday afternoon if everything goes to plan.”

Adam’s quest to win the 54th running of the Daytona 24 Hours begins at 14:40 local time this Saturday.