The race winning combination of Jonny Adam, Andrew Howard and the Beechdean Motorsports Aston Martin V12 Vantage will return to the Avon Tyres British GT grid in 2013.

Adam and Howard first came together in the series for the 2011 season, switching to the new GT3 Vantage for last season and giving the model its first race win when the British GT paddock visited the Nurburgring in May.

Developing the car throughout the year the duo scored a further two podiums including a second place at Brands Hatch when Adam confirmed his place as one of the top drivers in the series, fighting back from a 25 second deficit to only miss out on the victory by 0.022 seconds in the series’ closest finish to date.

However, too many races for the duo ended in retirement or disappointing finishes, Howard walking away from a crash at Rockingham caused by a flat tyre while mechanical problems thwarted their run at both of the final two races of the year.

“I can’t wait to get out there in #007 again,” said Adam. “Beechdean is a super team and I enjoy racing with Andrew. Last year we proved we had the pace and possibly should’ve come away with more wins, but that is racing. Driving the Aston Martin is a joy, and I’m really looking forward to the new season.”

With an initial year in the Vantage now behind them and the championship growing around them – with several top European teams entering the series for 2013 – Howard is relishing the opportunity to come back for another season.

“Last season was very much an exploratory year for the team, myself and Jonny,” he explained. “We had good pace throughout the year and we’re very much looking forward to going racing in 2013 against some of the best in Europe. The series itself has taken a leap forward and is fast looking like it will be the best GT championship in Europe at this rate. It should be a great year.”

The Avon Tyres British GT Championship begins with the traditional Easter Weekend date at the Oulton Park circuit in Cheshire.