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Adam ChristodoulouBritish racer Adam Christodoulou started the season by charging into the first race of the 2014 with an incredible performance at the wheel of the Team Black Falcon Mercedes SLS GT3.

The season started early for the former British Formula Renault Champion; only ten days into the new year and he was already on the grid of the first twenty four hour marathon drive of the season. The race would be in amongst the hot, arid deserts of the United Arab Emirates, on the 5.4 kilometre circuit of the Dubai Autodrome.

Expectations were high. Team Black Falcon had outstanding form at this event in the past two years – outright winners twice – and were seeking to achieve the hat trick in 2014.

Christo would be sharing the drive with four co-drivers; Khaled Al Qubaisi (Abu Dhabi), Jeroen Bleekemolen (Netherlands), Abdulaziz Turki Al Faisal (Saudi Arabia) and Hubert Haupt (Germany).

With five drivers to rotate through, it was always going to be tough to get everyone out for a good stint during testing, but each driver got their opportunity during the night practice session and as part of qualification for the race.

Good pace during both day and night practices were promising signs.

Qualifying followed, starting on Thursday afternoon, and it was pretty tough in the heat. Even so, the team chalked up a respectable 4th place overall on Friday afternoon’s starting grid.

At 1.53pm, all seventy nine cars lined up on the tarmac. There was a two minute silence before the get-go, and in the standing heat the temperature was now approaching 30 degrees and the pressure was starting to really mount.

The track was dusty. Slight winds blew a constant thin film of desert sand across black stuff, but finally at 1.55pm the cars we’re given to signal to get out on track for a few minutes ahead of the race. At 2.00pm, the official race start time, the lights finally switched to green and the race roared into life.

Christodoulou was the first driver out in the number 2 badge SLS, and into the first four corners, found himself jostling side-by-side with the number 3 badge Porsche before eventually dipping back into fourth place.

The car was performing well, and the first stint passed off smoothly. By lap four the team were already carving through lapped traffic. This set the tone for the rest of the race the drivers remained super-vigilant about avoiding contact with other vehicles as much as was humanly possible.

In the first pit stop Abdulaziz stepped in to replace Christodoulou. He too had a great run, and in turn he handed over to Hubert, then he to Khaled, then the wheel came back to Christodoulou once more.

Things had been progressing smoothly until what appeared to be some minor contact from an earlier stint wasn’t quite as insignificant as had first seemed, and it came back to haunt the team when the rear suspension had to be changed, and cost precious laps that dropped Team Black Falcon number 2 outside the top ten, and put the car over ten laps behind.

To compound problems, the passenger side Gullwing door opened mid-race, which caused a delay whilst the track marshals stepped in to get it closed again. And later that night the car encountered two high speed tyre blow-outs caused by debris on the track, and which also caused damage to the car. Yet the chase remained strong.

By sunrise the SLS was back into fifth, and not too longer after, had climbed back into third position. The mayhem had calmed somewhat, and the team were now sailing through the final stint of the race.

Khaled was back in the car, and with fifteen minutes to go with over two laps behind him and two laps in front of him to his nearest competitors, everything was looking positive. But fortunes can change so quickly out on track, and it was only through his skill and reactions that he managed to avoid the consequences of slower car during an overtaking manoeuvre that nearly put him in the pitwall. The end plate of the rear wing had clipped the barrier, but thankfully the car escaped what could have been a far worse outcome.

Khaled was able to get the car going once more, and nursed it around the final laps of the race.

The chequered flag fell, and Team Black Falcon finished the Dubai 24 hours in third place. The car had taken a battering, yet despite the setbacks, it was an incredible result that in such a condition the vehicle had taken the team to a podium result.

After the race, Christodoulou congratulated the team, “I want to say a huge thank you and congratulations to Team Black Falcon, all of our crew today, and all of my team mates for making it such a memorable race and getting us through all 597 laps! I hope we’re all able to be back again next year to compete in this great race together in 2015.”

Audi R8Mid-September brought with it the fifth round of the Blancpain Endurance championship, which was held over last weekend on the famous 5.1 kilometre Nürburgring Grand Prix circuit; home of the German Formula 1 Grand Prix.

Former British Formula Renault Champion Adam Christodoulou had been invited to join the 2011 Britcar championship winning team ‘GT3 Racing’ for the weekend, and for the first time he was swapping the bright tangerine of a McLaren MP4-12C for a darker beast; a matt black Audi R8 LMS GT3.

Christodoulou was to partner up with drivers Craig Wilkins and Peter Belshaw, replacing regular third teammate Aaron Scott who was attending to family commitments.

To some degree it was a case of being thrown in at the deep end, with Christodoulou being unfamiliar with the new car and setup, and both Belshaw and Wilkins with no experience on the Nürburgring before. With limited track time, Saturday testing and qualifying on Sunday morning would be their only preparation for the 3 hour race.

The pace in testing was reasonable on old tyres, and gave some confidence heading into qualifying.

The car made gains on the testing time by a good margin, lapping the 5.1km track in 1:59.053 and averaging a speed of 155.67kph. However, this was only enough to secure a midfield result of 31st place, and a five place penalty for a rule infringement during testing dropped the team back into 36th overall (25th in class)

Belshaw was the first in the hot seat and started the race for the team. Making a clean start, he managed to avoid a pile-up of cars which had crashed in front of him, even before the start of the race. By the end of the stint he had managed to climb into a top 30 position, before a safety car was called out. The team used this delay to their advantage, completing a pitstop for new tyres and fuel, whilst also swapping drivers replacing Belshaw with Wilkins. The strategy worked beautifully, and the car found itself in a promising 22nd position.

Wilkins maintained the position on track until a final pitstop allowed Christodoulou to take the wheel ready to guide the Audi through to the chequered flag.

Some time had been lost during the pitstop due to a faulty wheel nut which lost the team a couple of places, but once the car had returned to the track Christo demonstrated he was able retain control, and in the final laps passed enough cars bring the car home in 17th overall position and 7th in class. This was the highest in-class result the team had achieved all year, and also secured them the honour of being the highest placed 2011 Audi.

After the chequered flag Christodoulou was grateful for the opportunity, “I’d like to thank Craig, Peter, Aaron and all the crew at GT3 Racing for allowing me the opportunity to race with them. An excellent experience all round, and I wish them the best of luck for the final round of the Blancpain Endurance Championship in Spain!”

Christodoulou’s next race is this weekend at Monza, Italy and will be back in the more familiar racing seat of a McLaren GT3.

Adam ChristodoulouFormer UK Formula Renault Champion Adam Christodoulou notched up a proud victory in McLaren’s MP4-12C over the weekend when he was part of the team that secured the car’s first ever 24-hour victory in the 24 Hours of Barcelona.

In its fifteenth year, the 4.6km Circuit de Catalunya track – home of the Spanish Formula 1 Grand Prix – paid host to this prestigious race, and it also marked the first outright win for a McLaren in a 24 hour endurance race since the LeMans 24 hours in 1995.

The Lapidus racing team comprised of regular teammates, Adam Christodoulou, Klaas Hummel, Tim Mullen and Phil Quaife, who managed to eek out an impressive 12-lap lead by the halfway point in the race.

Only a faulty turbocharger wastegate hindered their progress, yet they rejoined the race in third place having had to painfully sacrifice 19 laps to the pits.

There were some further tense moments on track just before sunrise, but the eventual victory was secured with four-laps in hand, ahead of the Russian Bears Motorsport Ferarri F458 Italia and The Bratislava Porsche in the 51 car race. Despite the earlier set backs, the McLaren managed to tally up an impressive 2,979.2 Kilometres on track in temperatures of over 30 degrees.

At wheel as they passed the chequered flag, Christodoulou later reflected on the race, “It was fantastic to drive a car that is performing so well, the drivers did a stunning job, and all the crew from Lapidus Racing did an unbelievable job and fully deserve it. Its been a great few results we’ve been getting in our debut season as a new team, It’s been a great day. I’m looking forward to doing all again very soon.”

Adam ChristodoulouIn Germany last weekend for round two of the 2012 GT Open Championship, British racing driver Adam Christodoulou was making his debut appearance for the all new Lapidus racing team behind the wheel of a formidable McLaren GT3 MP4-12C.

In the car he was joined by team mate Klass Hummel, and for the weekend’s racing was lined up on a grid comprising of 26 GT2 and GT3 class cars for his first race of the 2012 race season.

The competition was taking place on familiar soil; on the famous twists and turns of the world renowned Nurburgring Grand Prix track. This circuit has become something of a home-away-from-home for the former Formula Renault UK champion in recent years, and as ever would end up providing a great show of excitement-laced race action.

The practice session went off smoothly, but the first drama began in qualifying. when it was cut short after some minor contact with another car that caused a tyre to rupture and small damage to the body. With the vehicle in repair for the rest of the qualifying session, the pair’s time was removed, and it forced the drivers into an uncomfortable last place grid spot for race 1 on Saturday afternoon.

Qualifying two worked out more favourably. With a clean run, the team posted a good time that placed them third in their class, and 8th overall. But the positives didn’t last all that long, and a penalty for crossing the white lines on turn four putting them back to 4th in class and 12th overall.

The first race was a seventy minute sprint. This allowed plenty of time for the team to get to work and start gaining places. Klaas had a great start, blitzing past three cars before turn two, and continuing to chip away at the competition throughout his stint. The pit lane opened around half an hour in and Christodoulou took the wheel for the remaining time, moving up the field to finish fourth in class and snatching the third fastest lap.

The second race was shorter at just fifty minutes long, and with a better starting grid position, the beginning of the race went well. Adam was first in the car this time, and wasted no time getting stuck into overtaking during the chaos going into turn one. Once the race was truly underway, the cars spread out and it eventually became more tougher to overtake. The reins were handed over to Hummel at the half way mark, and by the time the chequered flag was waved, the team had secured a fourth place finish.

It was a great pair of debut results for the team; a podium result seemed just a hairs-breadth away, which bodes well for future rounds of the championship.

Christodoulou next takes to the track for the 3rd round of the GT Open at the Belgium’s Spa Francorchamps circuit, running the 22nd – 24th June, just one week later for his 2012 debut in the BlancPain Endurance Championship at the french Paul Ricard circuit.

Adam ChristodoulouLast weekend, former British Formula Renault champion and Star Mazda champion Adam Christodoulou was given the first opportunity to put the new McLaren GT3 MP4-12C through it’s paces at Magny Cours, the world famous French track. Joining Christodoulou was Pierre Kaffer, and his familiar team mate, Klass Hummel.

Testing kicked off at the former Formula One circuit on Thursday with testing in dry conditions. This was Christodoulou’s track debut here, and he reported that the balance of the car seemed to have improved positively since the 24 hours event at Spa a number of weeks ago.

Despite a dry Thursday, Friday was the opposite, and with constant rain it provided the perfect opportunity for tuning the car’s wet setup too.

Saturday’s three hour race followed pre-qualifying and the main qualifying session. Each driver had 15 minutes to get a qualifying lap time, and Christodoulou was out first. On the second lap he had managed to snatch the second fastest time on track, then on the third lap pushed himself to the top of the leader board. With traffic building up ahead, the team decided to conserve tyres and fuel and so eased off the throttle, but with the car performing magnificently, everything was set to make for an excellent day out on track.

Hummel took the wheel for second qualifying, but the session ended early, delivering a frustrating blow to the team as neither he or Kaffer had by this time managed to file a qualifying lap. Regulations stipulate that all three drivers must qualify, and after the corresponding penalty was applied, the car was relegated, and the team had to start from the back row of the grid in a poor 34th position.

At 6.15pm the race began, and Hummel began proceedings with a unbelievable start, ascending the ranks quickly from 34th into 23rd in just the first three laps. A safety car period soon handed the team an additional blessing, and at the 45 minute mark he had climbed to 18th position. But the team’s luck wasn’t to last, and even before Kaffer and Christodoulou got their chance, the car had to retire from the race within the first hour.

It was a terrible disappointment for the whole team. Christodoulou commented after the race, “Everyone is gutted. Looking at our pace, a top five or even a podium finish looked to be a real possibility. The car had so much grip and the speed was fantastic, but it just didn’t work out for us.”

Christodoulou returns to the UK for his next race in the McLaren at Silverstone, the home of the British Grand Prix, on October 8th and 9th. However this coming weekend he will also be fitting in one additional race and heading to Austria to the Red Bull Ring to compete in his debut appearance in the Ferrari Challenge.

It proved to be a tough weekend of racing for us at the infamous Nürburgring circuit.

Testing on Friday was just two laps of the 25km track, and qualifying started at the break of dawn on Saturday. Our BMW M3 GT felt good on new tyres, and I completed the first lap in 9 minutes and 11.3 seconds.

That was a quick start, but knew I could improve on that time. I completed my second flying lap in 9:03.5 which secured us a first place in our category (that gave us 40th place on the grid, a situation only possible when there are 200 cars racing at exactly the same time!)

The race started at noon and I was first in the car as I had done qualifying for the team. The start of these races is chaotic as everybody races down to the first corner trying to get ahead and claim an advantage, beginning on the Grand Prix F1 circuit and then moving out onto the Nordschelife.

With many of the Porsches and cars surrounding me having greater power and straight line speed, it was pretty tough trying to hold on to my initial track position as I’d out-qualified a lot of faster cars, but I managed to retain first-in-class for the majority of my opening stint.

It soon was time for new tyres, fuel and a driver change. The pitstop went smoothly; my co-driver was in the hotseat and I was watching our progress when suddenly a car appeared in our team garage. I thought it was our teammates in the sister car, but my heart sunk when I realised it was ours. He explained later that he’d had been forced to take evasive action to avoid contact with another car and in the fallout had accidentally clipped the tyre wall in the chicane. Unfortunately this left our car limping into the Pitlane with steering damage.

The team jumped onto the car to repair it, but it was too badly damaged to continue. The wheel, steering, and the steering pump all were all affected, and we had to retire us from the race just 1.5 hours in to the 6 hour marathon.

It was a real shame that the things had ended so early for us, but we had demonstrated good progress with the car set up, and the whole team had done a great job throughout the weekend.

I’m looking forward to getting back to the track for my third Nürburgring experience in just two weeks time. Although we didn’t get quite the result we were looking for on this trip, I’m confident we will be able to secure a place on the podium in our next race.

This will be one of the two final races before the huge 24 hours challenge around the Nürburgring held on the 25th-26th June.

Adam ChristodoulouFighting through a weekend of adversity, Star Mazda Championship contender Adam Christodoulou continued to tighten up the championship points race with a podium finish at Mosport International Raceway in Round Eleven of the Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear. Just as the Mosport Circuit features ups and downs and twists and turns, so too was the path Christodoulou would take over the course of the race weekend.

The weekend looked promising from the start with the Birmingham, United Kingdom resident quickly jumping to the top of the time sheets in the early stages of the opening test session before the first twist of the weekend would strike.

“I was fastest at the time and everything was looking good until I made a minor error out of corner three, just clipping the grass on the exit, I tried to save it but the grass was damp and I became a passenger. I ended up making contact with the tyre wall, taking off my front wing and causing damage to the front left corner of the car,” Adam commented. “Once we got the car back to the trailer Dave my mechanic was straight onto the job and through a tremendous effort the car was fixed just before the next session.”

Back on track in the second session and looking to climb the charts once again Christodoulou suffered his second setback of the weekend after a bump at the apex of the flat out sixth gear turn two sent his #11 Molecule Labs / Alpinestars/ JDC Motorsports Pro Formula Mazda off the circuit.

“I hit the small bump on the inside of the track, lifting the front wheels and once the car landed it bottomed out and before I could save it I was on the grass going backwards down the hill. I realized it wasn’t going to be good so I braced myself for impact and I hit the wall with some serious speed causing even more damage than the previous session,” He revealed. “The Mosport safety crew were at my wreck within seconds; I got out the car and was checked over by the paramedics. Luckily I was ok, and the strong structure of the Star Mazda had taken all the impact. Once again we had a big job of getting the car fixed and I’ve got to thank everyone from the JDC Motorsport team for all their support and help putting the car back together, every one chipped in, the crew worked late hours, and the car was fixed by the morning.”

Returning to the circuit for the second day of practice Christodoulou would work on putting the previous days events behind him and after cracking the top ten on old tires in the morning session was pleased to post the second fastest time in the final practice session, just five-hundredths off the fast time from the session.

Adjustments made in anticipation of the morning qualifying session were washed away as torrential rains had swept across the track over night and though the storm had relented during qualifying the track surface was still wet enough to require a wet setup and a heavy fog made visibility a challenge. “Several red flag periods for cars that went off chopped up the session and I was a little bit annoyed only qualifying 4th, but we had the car set up for the wet conditions and the track dried up quicker than expected,” Adam stated. “Still I was happy that I out qualified my main championship contender Peter Dempsey.”

With an early morning qualifying session and a late afternoon race the weather forecast became the obsession of the day as the teams watched and waited to see if the storms would return and how to adjust their cars for the conditions. As the afternoon arrived it became apparent that the race would be run in the dry and attention was made to getting the cars just right for the 45 minute race.

As the green lights went out for the standing start everyone worked their way through turn one safely for what would be a caution flag free event. Battling his teammate Alex Ardoin on the opening laps, Christodoulou was able to gain the upper hand and move into the third spot and started focusing on catching up to the leaders. As the leaders started to encounter lapped traffic, Adam was able to climb into second place as race leader Conor Daly spun after making an outside pass attempt in turn eight before recovering and returning to the circuit. While the lapped traffic would initially help Adam it also cost him later in the race.

“I was now in second but it wasn’t going to be easy as Conor didn’t lose much time and was chasing me down. Traffic was all about timing and trying to get around the lapped traffic without losing time or speed,” Adam said. “Conor was getting closer lap by lap and I could see him trying to get the draft down the straight, unfortunately he finally got the run he needed to draft past down the straight and went down my inside. The flag came out and I brought the car home in 3rd. It wasn’t quite the win, but I was more than happy to finish 3rd after the disastrous start to the weekend and the main thing was I closed up the gap in the championship. I went into round eleven, 10 points shy of the championship, and I’ve now reduced it just 7 points.”

With two rounds left in the championship the series now heads to Road Atlanta for Round Twelve of the Championship during the Petit Le Mans race weekend on September 23-25.

Adam ChristodoulouMaking his first appearance on a temporary street circuit Adam Christodoulou experienced a weekend full of ups and downs yet still managed to make up ground on points leader Peter Dempsey in Round Ten of the Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear for the Grand Prix of Trois-Rivieres.

Driving the #11 Molecule Labs JDC Motorsports Mazda, the UK native started the weekend on a lofty note after topping the opening practice session on the 1.521-mile circuit. “The 1st session on the

Friday went surprisingly well, at 1st it was a bit daunting knowing that there is very little room for error, it’s a bit like the oval scenario, if you make a mistake then there’s a nice concrete wall to support you either side of the track,” Adam explained. “I took my time getting to know the place before I started pushing, at the end of session one I was battling it out for fastest lap, we put new tires on and we topped the charts.”

After going over data and making a few changes to the car, Christodoulou would post the second fastest time in the final practice session of the weekend. “The 2nd session went really well, ending up second in the standings. I was happy with my pace and I knew that it was going to be close in qualifying.”

Hopes of a pole run were dashed in qualifying when a red flag was brought out as championship points leader Dempsey made contact with the wall under the Arch corner as Christodoulou was preparing to set his flying laps. “At the start of qualifying I was 2nd out the pits and the drivers in the previous qualifying session were already producing times quicker than testing, so I knew the pace was going to be quick. We chose to go out on old tires for the start of the qualifying to get a base line before we put on new tires but unfortunately things didn’t quite go to plan,” Adam revealed.

“Unfortunately for me, my main rivals made contact, causing one of them to have a puncture putting him in the wall. By the time the track was cleared qualifying was finished. I wasn’t happy with qualifying, because I knew I had the pace to be on the front row but I was left in fourth position for the start of the race.”

Sunday’s championship battle started on pre-grid as Dempsey’s team failed to get his car to pre-grid on time, forcing him to start from pit lane while the rest of the field moved up a position. Christodoulou would rocket off of the standing start to jump into the lead by the second corner but an opening lap incident further back in the field would force him back into third place. ”Because we hadn’t completed the lap I had to give back the positions I had made up at the start, putting me back to 3rd. I felt robbed. It was an extremely close race, there was a group of 6 cars all battling it out trying to get ahead of each other.”

Fighting an engine that was down on power in the closing laps Christodoulou was hanging on in third place when a restart on the closing laps presented an opportunity to gain another position. As the green flag came out on the final lap Christodoulou sought to move into second place.

“There were only minutes to spare before the chequered flag dropped and we had one last restart with one lap to go, I tried a move for 2nd place, but couldn’t pull it off allowing 2 cars past. I couldn’t believe it, I had 3rd place and I made a minor error moving me back to 5th, I attempted to make at least one place up but the chequered flag was out and the race was over. The racing was so close and it showed. If anyone made a slight error they paid for it losing positions or not finishing.”

“I had mixed emotions after the race, I was annoyed I didn’t make it on the podium, but I was happy to finish the race and I gained valuable points in the championship so that there is only a 10 point difference in the championship now with 3 rounds to go,” Adam said. “And for Trois-Rivieres itself the atmosphere was unbelievable, the crowds were packed, there were plenty of activities going on during the day and evenings of the race weekend.”

The series now heads to Mosport International Raceway in Ontario, Canada, for Round Eleven of the

Championship on August 27-29.

Adam ChristodoulouAdam Christodoulou Carries JDC Motorsports Onto Podium at Autobahn; Doubleheader Championship Contender Scores Two Second Place Finishes

Returning to the road courses after making his first two appearances on oval tracks, UK standout Adam Christodoulou finds himself in the thick of the championship battle after recording two second place finishes as the Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear visited Joliet, Illinois, for the inaugural Harrah’s Grand Prix of Autobahn presented by Mazda doubleheader weekend.

Driving the #11 Molecule Labs/ AlpineStar/ Miller Millling Co. sponsored JDC Motorsports entry, Christodoulou, who has recorded victories at Sebring and Miller Motorsports Park, entered the weekend seeking to recapture his championship points lead after falling from the top spot in Iowa. Adding to his motivation was the first opportunity to race in front of his family this season.

“The weekend here was one to remember as the facilities were excellent, there were thousands of spectators, plenty of autograph signings, TV interviews and best thing of all was my biggest fans arrived to America for the first time, my Mom and Dad,” Christodoulou explained. ” We had a bit of a slow start unfortunately when my car suffered with a minor electronic problem in the opening practice, but my mechanic Dave and the rest of JDC work hard on the job and by the important part of the weekend started, everything was sorted, and the car ran faultlessly.”

Battling a damp track and stiff competition in Saturday’s early qualifying session Christodoulou would scrap his way to the second spot on the grid alongside points leader Peter Dempsey. “Everyone was pushing their cars throughout the qualifying session, and the water on the track made it even trickier than normal, and I was pleased to come away with a strong second place spot on the grid,” he revealed.

Christodoulou got a blistering run on the standing start, jumping ahead of Dempsey as they raced down to the first turn but the dirtier outside line on the corner opened the door for Dempsey to slip past on the inside. “I got an amazing start but wasn’t able to clear Peter completely and take the cleaner inside line on that opening lap,” he lamented. “The rest of the race I was just pushing trying to close the gap on him, there was a brief
safety car period which was my chance to get by Peter, but unfortunately he played the restart as I would expect any other driver to and got the gap on the restart. I was hoping to stay with Peter for the remainder of the race but I didn’t quite keep my tires up to temperature during the Safety car period and I found myself having to hold my ground for 2nd, where I finished the race.”

Qualifying for Sunday’s finale would bring a close to a busy Saturday and once again Christodoulou was challenging for pole position after making several adjustments to the car. “The changes were definitely an improvement but unfortunately we just missed out on the pole although we were able to extend the time difference to almost a full second over the third place qualifier,” Christodoulou commented.

Sunday’s race would find Adam in the same position as Saturday as he fought to chase down Dempsey, setting fast lap for both races in the process, before climbing the second spot on the podium. “Sunday wasn’t quite as exciting as it was green from start to finish with no safety cars,” Adam explained. “Peter managed to improve on his start and I was just chasing him down for the whole race. There was a period during the race where I was improving on his times catching him and setting the fastest lap but unfortunately no points being handed out for this achievement.”

With four races left in the championship Christodoulou sits nineteen points behind Dempsey with 323 points overall to Dempsey’s 342 points. The series now heads into Canada for a two race swing starting with the Grand Prix du Trois-Rivieres on August 14-16.

“I know it’s going to be extremely close battle until the end of the championship with only four races left and Trois-Rivieres will be my first street circuit, so there is going to be a steep learning curve, but I would like to think I can pick up this track fast like I have with all my others,” commented Adam. “I have to finish by thanking Michael Guasch and Molecule Labs, along with Alpinestars and JDC Motorsports, for the opportunity they have provided for me this season and I look forward to getting back in the car again in a couple of weeks.”

Adam ChristodoulouAdam Christodoulou will be drafted in as a driver coach for rounds 9 and 10 of the Avon tyres British GT Championship on 28th / 29th June at Thruxton. Championship driver, Craig Wilkins, who is currently lying in 17th position, has requested Adam to be on hand to give his expert advice to guide the team to success at Thurxton.

GT driver Craig Wilkins, Kingsbury Jig and Tool, said, ‘I am really pleased to have Adam on board for the Thruxton race especially after his blinding performance in the Formula Renault UK race at Thruxton early this season. Adam secured two pole positions, 1 win and broke the lap record. I believe with Adams experience of this track he is the man to help us. I’m really happy that I decided to be a major sponsor for Adam this year and have already pledged a major sponsorship package for him next year.’

The British GT Championship boasts superb grids of Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Vipers, Aston Martins and Porsches resulting in some of the most competitive GT endurance racing anywhere in Europe.

Team ABG Motorsport have had excellent success at Knockhill and believe with Adams help they can recreate this at Thruxton.

Adams Formula Renault team, CR Scuderia also race in the Avon tyres British GT Championship in Ferraris 430 and are currently lying in 2nd, 3rd and 4th. CR Scuderia Team princlipe, Andrew Kirkaldy said, ‘The team are especially strong at Thruxton and we also will be asking advise from Adam about the circuit, but we know from the tests that we will be looking after our tyres and expect to be very strong in qualifying and over a long race distance. We intend to leave Thruxton tightening up the Championship.’