Kirkcaldy duo set for British GT title showdown

Kirkcaldy motor racers Rory Butcher (left) and Jonny Adam will fight it out for the British GT title this weekend.
Kirkcaldy motor racers Rory Butcher (left) and Jonny Adam will fight it out for the British GT title this weekend.

Close friends Rory Butcher and Jonny Adam will be title rivals this weekend as the British GT Championship goes down to the wire.

Butcher is hoping to complete a dream double by landing the British GT title one week after claiming a stunning podium in his European Le Mans Series debut.

Butcher drives an Aston Martin Vantage for the Oman Racing Team alongside Liam Griffin in the British GT Championship, and the duo are currently third in the standings and still in with a shot of claiming the title at Sunday’s final round at Donington Park.

The Kirkcaldy driver will certainly go into the race high on confidence after stepping into a Ferrari 458 GT2 at the last minute to help JMW Motorsport’s to third place in a European Le Mans Series race at Paul Ricard in France last Sunday.

“It’s probably the biggest result I’ve had in motor racing so far,” Butcher said.

“It’s the pinnacle of GT racing in Europe so to get a podium in my first event is a cool feeling.

“To follow that up with the British GT Championship would be really special.”

One of Butcher’s main rivals for the British GT title this weekend is his good friend Jonny Adam, who also hails from Kirkcaldy, and who is better placed going into the final round, sitting second in the standings just two points behind the leaders.

“We’ve got an outside chance but Jonny is in a slightly better position,” Butcher said.

“It’s completely do-able and it’s great feeling to go into final round with chance of winning.

“We’re gunning to win it ourselves but if it’s not us, I’d rather Jonny won it.

“It would be good to see a Kirkcaldy lad win.”

Adam, who drives for Beechdean Racing alongside Andrew Howard, also in an Aston Martin Vantage, will have to overcome a 20-second pit stop penalty imposed for winning the previous round at Snetterton to lift the title.

“20 seconds will be a hard thing to make up but we’re only two points off the lead so anything can happen,” Adam said.

“We just need to finish in front of the current leaders to overtake them and win the championship.

“We tested at Donginton last week and we were quick so we’re going to give it our best shot.”

The final round of the British GT Championship will be broadcast live on Motors TV on Sunday. The two-hour race starts at 1 pm.