A Butcher racer & famous car maker

Rory Butcher
Rory Butcher

A KIRKCALDY racing driver is gearing up for his biggest year in motorsport after securing a drive in one of the world’s most famous cars.

Rory Butcher will race in this year’s Porsche Carrera Cup GB – the fastest single-make series in the UK – after he was snapped up by Aberdeen-based team Celtic Speed.

Butcher, the son of Knockhill Racing Circuit owner Derek, made a guest appearance for the team at Knockhill last year, winning his class and finishing fifth overall.

High profile

And he cannot wait to get behind the wheel of his very own Porsche when the 2011 season gets underway at Brands Hatch on April 2-3.

“This is a high-profile series so I’m really quite chuffed to be entering it this season,” Rory said.

“It’s the biggest deal I’ve had and the most high profile championship I’ve raced in.

“It will put me in the same paddock as the British Touring Cars, so I’ll be in the right company.

“I’ve been going for the Carrera Cup for the last few years but didn’t raise enough financial backing.

Financial backing

“Celtic Speed have been keen to have me as well, but when they saw I was able to show good pace and keep the car on the road in my guest drive at Knockhill, they pushed a little bit harder and I’m delighted we’ve pulled it all together.”

Butcher will take part in 10 Carrera Cup events over the summer, and will also take part in the Porsche World Cup taking place at the Nurburgring in Germany.

He added: “That event is a really big deal. There will be over 100 cars on the track at the same time, which will be pretty crazy.”