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Jonny Adam says Daytona drive is a “mega opportunity”

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Winner of the Sunoco Whelen Challenge, Jonny Adam, has said he is looking forward to his drive at Daytona, two years since his last visit to the Florida track.

Speaking to The Checkered Flag at the Autosport International Show Adam was full of praise for a competition he won by 16 points over Radical Enduro driver Scott Mansall.

He said: “It’s a good opportunity and I raced at Daytona two years ago and knew the circuit before I went back over there to do the test but the car is very good, the team is a championship winning team and it is a mega opportunity. It’s different, and I like different, I like jumping in something that’s not mine and not something I know and you’re ultimately trying to get the best out of yourself and that car.”

Adam, who will be racing for TF Sport in the British GT Championship in 2016, had his first taste of the Action Express Racing Corvette DP almost two weeks ago at the ROAR Before the 24 and is feeling confident for the Rolex 24 at Daytona: “I genuinely think for what we learnt on the test day, we have a good chance – the car runs relatively competitively and it’s quite a reliable package with a good driver line up.”

The 2015 British GT Champion will be racing with Eric Curran, Dane Cameron and Simon Pagenaud in the opening round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and the team went away from the test confident after regularly setting top ten times around the Daytona banking with a best of 1:40.011.

While the Scot definitely showed pace in the Daytona Prototype, he said this didn’t mark the first step in a full-time move to prototypes – just an opportunity he is grabbing with both hands.

He added: “It’s an opportunity that sprung up with the prize and it’s something I really want to make the most of – you never know something could spring up because of it but you know my heart still lies with Astons but anything like this you just have to jump in and do the best you can.”

The Rolex 24 at Daytona takes place this weekend, January 30 and 31, with The Checkered Flag covering the race live.

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