Podium finishes round off season in style for Butcher

Rory Butcher
Rory Butcher

KIRKCALDY’s Rory Butcher finished off the season in style with two podium finishes in the last round of the Porsche Carrera Cup.

Despite the wet weather conditions the 25-year-old Celtic Speed ace battled to finish third in both races at the famous Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit on Sunday.

It was the eighth and ninth time that Butcher has been on the podium in a season that has seen him cement his position as one of Britain’s top motor racing prospects.

He said: “The Porsche Carrera Cup GB is one of the toughest sports car series in Britain where a podium needs to be earned and you have to fight every inch of the way.

“As per usual it was an amazing feeling to get on the podium twice at Brands Hatch but as a driver you always want more.”

In the first race Butcher set of from third spot on the grid and despite a rear tyre overheating early on he managed to hold on and finish behind second place Sam Tordoff and winner Jonas Gelzinas.

In the second race, with nothing to lose, Butcher made a good start from fifth. Despite spray reducing visibility to zero he pushed up to fourth, before a mistake by Daniel Lloyd handed him third place and a second podium finish of the day to Butcher.

He said: “Everyone was pushing so hard and there was so much spray kicked up by the cars in front I was actually relieved to bring the car home in one piece!

“Celtic Speed keep moving forward. Even when we have qualified a bit lower down the grid than planned, we are able to turn in a performance. If we can sort our qualifying out next year, then we will be a real force.

“We know we can be on the front row every time, then we will have a real shot at the title.”