Butcher helps Oman Racing team to GT title

Rory Butcher - British GT Championship
Rory Butcher - British GT Championship

Kirkcaldy racer Rory Butcher played his part in a historic British GT team title win at the weekend.

Butcher is one of four drivers who helped the Oman Racing Team clinch the highly coveted GT3 teams’ title in the final round at Donington Park.

Butcher and driving partner Lewis Griffin steered their Aston Martin Vantage to a fifth place finish in the two-hour race, finishing one place behind Oman team mates Ahmad Al Harthy and Michael Caine.

The result was enough for Al Harthy and Caine to be named vice champions in the drivers’ championship while the Motorbase Performance-run Oman Racing Team celebrated the end of its first season running the Aston Martin marque as team champions.

Butcher also secured a top ten championship spot, claiming ninth in the drivers’ standings after an excellent debut season in British GT. He described it as a ‘fantastic result’.

Fellow Kirkcaldy driver Jonny Adam and Beechdean Aston Martin driving partner Andrew Howard finished a roller-coaster season in fifth place overall in the GT3 standings after their championship push fell by the wayside.

There was success for Beechdean in the GT4 category, however, as young guns Ross Wylie and Jake Giddings won the drivers championship.

The rising stars finished in fifth place when the chequered flag fell on Sunday race, giving them enough points to claim the second British GT title in the team’s history, 12 months on from team boss Howard’s succeess in clinching the senior GT3 crown.