RORY Butcher secured his first podium of the Porsche Carrera Cup season - but admits it wasn’t his best drive ever.
The Kirkcaldy racer was unfussed about that though, as he said the third place finish was some reward to his team after a tricky start to the new campaign.
Rory said that his podium place at Oulton Park allowed him to “give something back” to his supportive team.
He added: “Qualifying was good.
“After stringing together some really consistent and tidy laps we were looking set for a front row start until Lloyd and Gelzinas banged in a couple of blinders in the dying seconds of the session.
“We ended up fourth for both races and I was quite happy with that as I can race from there.
“I got a good start in race one, but ended up boxed in between Gelzinas and Lloyd, allowing Stoneman to pass me.
“I managed to get the place back and regain fourth place.
“Then Gelzinis went off ahead of us and I was promoted to third on lap three but with extreme pressure from a very fast Dean Stoneman.
“He dived up my inside in to Lodge corner and I ran a wider line to give him racing room, but he was carrying too much entry speed and clipped my rear wheel causing me to spin from third place.
“I quickly rejoined in seventh and battled back up to a steady fifth place on the road. The stewards stepped in with a 20-second penalty for Stoneman, dropping him back to fifth and that put me back in fourth.”
In the second race the temperatures were hitting the roof.
Rory got off a blistering start and shot past Stoneman into third before the first corner.
He locked in behind Lloyd and aimed to chase down the leaders but once again Dean, who was on new tyres, was extremely quick and hounded Rory for third.
“He then made a superb dive up the inside so I gave him space to take the position,” added the racer.
“I had a poor rhythm in the early laps and struggled to cling on to Dean’s pace.
“But the Celtic Speed car felt better as the race went on and my lap times started to match the guys in front.
“Stoneman was visibly struggling ahead which spurred me on to push even harder and as the gap became smaller the team were waving me on at the pit wall.”
Ultimately Rory made sure that the third place was his to keep and said he finished the final two laps with a smile on his face.
Next up for Rory is a race at Croft with the Kirkcaldy ace saying he’s confident.