Butcher ends season on a high at Brands Hatch

Rory Butcher
Rory Butcher

Kirkcaldy’s Rory Butcher secured a third place finish in the Porsche Carrera Cup Championship with a winning end to the season at Brands Hatch.

The 25-year-old Celtic Speed driver overcame very wet conditions to claim a first and third place in the final two races of the 2013 campaign, ending on a high to clinch his best ever finish in the Porsche Carrera Cup standings.

“If you had told me in June that I would finish third in the championship and have three wins in the final six races, I would have been delighted,” Butcher said.

“We have all worked incredibly hard this year. There have been some big lows, but we have fought back to finish on the podium 10 times over the final 13 races and enjoyed some massive highs.”

Two hot laps in Saturday’s qualifying session put Butcher second on the grid for both races, and in race one on Sunday, he overtook series champion Michael Meadows into the first corner and held on to claim victory.

Butcher was overtaken in race two and after suffering damage to the car in a coming together with Stoneman, the Fifer eased the car home for a second podium finish, and third place in the championship was confirmed.

“I was so pleased for the team,” Butcher added. “We knew we had the ability to put in performances like that, we just had to keep our chins up and battle through the bad luck. That was what we did and we can now really party at the awards night in November.

“It has been a real team effort from team, sponsors, friends and family.”