Butcher claims podium finish at Brands Hatch

Rory Butcher and Jeff Smith on the podium at Brands Hatch. Pic: Jakob Ebrey
Rory Butcher and Jeff Smith on the podium at Brands Hatch. Pic: Jakob Ebrey

Kirkcaldy GT star Rory Butcher finished on the podium at the penultimate round of the 2014 Avon Tyres British GT Championship at Brands Hatch on Sunday.

The Fifer shared driving duties with team mate Jeff Smith and the Oman Racing Team pair claimed third place in the GT3 class in their Aston Martin Vantage.

To cap a good day for Oman Racing, the sister car piloted by Michael Caine and Ahmad Al Harthy finished second.

“I’m absolutely delighted,” Rory explained.

“We started fourth and Jeff put in a really good stint at the start, but then the safety car made it a little bit
harder.

“It closed everybody back up, and once I got in the car it took me a couple of laps to get into the rhythm, and get a feel for how the car was, and a feel for the fuel load.

“It felt much better at the end of the race, and to come home with our team-mates only just in front of us was really, really good.

“The team are absolutely delighted. Our sister car is looking good for the championship, so I’m happy to settle for third, and see the team do well.

“For me it’s a good team performance, we’re now leading the team championship, so it wasn’t worth taking any risks.

“I’m just really happy for everybody, and as long as we’re on the podium we get to celebrate and get our name up there.”

The weekend proved to be a disastrous one for Rory’s fellow Kirkcaldy GT driver Jonny Adam and the Beechdean Aston Martin team.

Despite qualifying on pole position, Jonny’s team mate, and last year’s champion, Andrew Howard, suffered rear brake issues at the start and also made contact with the Triple Eight BMW of Derek Johnston later on.

Jonny eventually brought the car home in 16th, putting them out of the title fight.

The season finale of the British GT Championship plays out at Leicestershire’s Donington Park circuit on the weekend of September 13 and 14, with qualifying on Saturday and the race
on Sunday.