Rory races back into contention with a double podium success

Rory Butcher on the podium.  Pic: Malcolm Griffiths Ltd.
Rory Butcher on the podium. Pic: Malcolm Griffiths Ltd.
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Rory Butcher bounced back to form with a double podium success at the Porsche Carrera Cup round held over the weekend at Snetterton.

Butcher says he and his Celtic Speed team worked together perfectly to secure the finishes and championship points.

It ensures that the Kirkcaldy racer goes into his home event at Knockhill on August 24 and 25 full of confidence.

Speaking after the Snetterton event, he said: “We have felt that performance has been there all season but, for one reason or another, it simply has not happened.

“The summer break and rebuilding the car after being taken out at Croft gave us the chance of a new start and we took it with both hands.

It was an interesting start to the weekend.

“Friday’s free practice was in monsoon rain and thunderstorms.

“We decided to do a few laps just to check that everything was right with the car then we sat and watched the lightning as the circuit filled up with water.

“We knew the forecast for the rest of the weekend was better, so there was no point in risking the car.”

In qualifying Butcher secured himself grid places of third place for race one and fourth place for race two.

Michael Meadows, who had started the race on pole, was to be given a penalty for jumping the start.

That didn’t deter Butcher, though, who put together a fine race of his own to finish third.

“Daniel Lloyd piled on the pressure, but my car came good around lap nine and I started pull a gap on him and close in on Stoneman,” he added.

“I arrived on the tail of Stoneman on the last lap but just ran out of time to make a move.

“But it was still a podium and I didn’t want to risk losing solid points.

“I didn’t get the best of starts in race two, but managed to get round the outside of turn one and aimed to go late on the brakes for turn two. But Daniel Lloyd and Stoneman had a small collision, Lloyd spun and almost collected me.

“I managed to avoid that and got right on Meadows’ tail who was in second place.

“As the race went on Meadows pulled a slight gap as he hunted Jonas Gelzinas for the lead, but my car seemed to stay strong lap after lap and I slowly reeled Michael back in. With only two laps remaining I gave everything but couldn’t find a way past, crossing the finish line just 0.3 sec behind second place.”

The double podium success will come as a relief to Butcher who has had to endure a frustrating season at times.

“I felt good in the car and felt competitive all weekend,” he said. “I grew in confidence.

“It was not just the fact that we got a load of points and two podiums, it was the way in which we did it. I had good race pace and didn’t take unnecessary risks.”