‘Gutted’ Rory pays the penalty

BARC FR R06 Silverstone Oct 7/8'Mandatory Credit '"Michael Booth/Paul Davies Photography"'NO UNAUTHORISED USE
BARC FR R06 Silverstone Oct 7/8'Mandatory Credit '"Michael Booth/Paul Davies Photography"'NO UNAUTHORISED USE

KIRKCALDY racer Rory Butcher insisted he did nothing wrong after his hopes of back-to-back podiums were dashed by a post-race penalty in the latest rounds of the Porsche Carrera Cup at Silverstone.

After finishing third in Sunday’s opening race, the 25-year-old Celtic Speed driver was controversially handed a five-second penalty after marshals judged the Fifer had run wide on the exit of turn one “too many times” and, as a result, had gained an unfair advantage.

Butcher battled back to claim a brilliant second place in race two, crossing the line just four-tenths of a second behind winner and newly-crowned champ Michael Meadows, but the time penalty pushed him off the race one podium.

“I’m really gutted to have been given the penalty, because I’m convinced I didn’t contravene any rules,” Butcher said.

“Because the racing is so close, the penalty dropped me from second to seventh.

“At the end of the day, I have to accept the ruling of the marshals and just get on with it.

“But it’s certainly fuelled the fire in my belly to go all-out for victories in the final double-header at Brands Hatch in a fortnight.”

The significance of the five-second penalty could be harsh for Butcher, who had been targeting second place overall in the 
championship.

“The loss of points means I’m now fifth in the championship, but just 14 points off third place,” Butcher explained.

“Certainly third place is still a possibility, and I’ll definitely be doing everything I can to win at Brands.

“It’s also the least I can do for all the guys in the Celtic Speed team who worked their socks off to give me a terrific car for the weekend.”

Butcher had started the opening race from fifth on the grid, but by the end of the opening lap had eased his way up to third, passing Jonas Gelzinis and Meadows in the process.

In the second race, Butcher started from fourth and again attacked right from the start, posting the fastest lap of the race – 56.953 seconds.

“I got up the inside of James Sutton, then darted down the inside of Gelzinis into turn one and after that it was a case of hunting down Meadows,” he said.

“Now I can’t wait to race on the grand prix circuit at Brands: it’s awesome. I’ve won twice already this season, and I feel we’re overdue another victory.

“I know if we can maintain this level of performance through the final two races, we have every chance of sneaking third, and even possibly second, in the championship, which would be brilliant.”