RORY Butcher says he’s had so many rollercoaster rides this season that he’s “thinking about buying his own theme-park.”
The Kirkcaldy Porsche Carrera Cup GB competitor can add the weekend’s rounds five and six of the competition to his list of ups and downs of high speed action.
Following rough rides in the previous rounds at Brands Hatch and Donington Park, Butcher’s mind was turned mainly to consolidation at Thruxton.
Typically, things didn’t really go to plan for the local motorist.
He explained: “We managed to secure two P5 starts for the races and felt confident about our race pace.
“However, we had a dilemma as one of the tyres was flat-spotted after a lock up in to the heavy braking zone at the first chicane and it would have been a nightmare in the race.
“Celtic Speed have been great on the strategy and we opted to put on new tyres even though it meant getting put to the back of the grid.”
The new tyres allowed Butcher extra grip and he quickly fired through the field, to eventually be chasing down the leader Daniel Lloyd.
Having already achieved a great deal in the race, Butcher was content to stay in the points and bring his car home in second.
Or so he thought.
“I started to feel the balance of the car going off at the back left of the car and I quickly realised that I had a slow puncture, which we believe was caused by tyre pick up during the early laps.
“I gradually lost pace as Lloyd pulled away and Gelzinas closed in then passed me as I tried to hang on to the rear in to the first turn.”
Ultimately Butcher’s puncture forced him off the track.
In race two, Butcher was again sitting comfortably in the points after starting the race in fifth position.
Again, though, lady luck wasn’t on his side.
He said: “A bang at the back of the car was not good news.
“The rubber had come off the canvas on the rear left tyre and I was down to the metal.
“Luckily, I had felt it and was able to keep it on the road and got back to the pits for a new tyre.
“After a swift pit stop the boys sent me back out to finish in seventh place.
“It all meant a very challenging day - one of the hardest I have had in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB.”