Kirkcaldy racing driver Rory Butcher is hoping the 2015 season will prove to be his best yet as he kicks things off with a step up to the international sportscar scene.
Butcher has secured a drive at the famous Rolex Daytona 24 Hours with top US sportscar team, GB Autosport, which runs a Tully’s Coffee sponsored Porsche 911 in the GTD class.
Butcher, a former Porsche Carrera Cup racer who now competes in the British GT Championship, will join Damien Faulkner, Kuba Giermaziak, Mike Skeen and Michael Avenatti in the number 81 Porsche this weekend.
“I’m grateful to the GB Autosport team for this incredible opportunity and I also have to say a massive thanks to everyone who has sponsored and supported me to get to this point,” Butcher said.
“I’m lucky to have such a top line up of team mates with huge amounts of 24 Hour experience. I aim to take as much as I can from their knowledge.”
Rory recently arrived back from the “Roar before the 24” - the official test for the main event held at Daytona International Speedway, Florida.
“We tested for three days and it was great to get to know the GB Autosport squad,” he said.
“From mechanics to drivers we have really gelled nicely and it’s clear we all have the same goal.
“The atmosphere of the Daytona venue is just incredible with the 35 degree oval banking and the massive stadium sections, I couldn’t help but think of Days of Thunder when I drove through the gates for the first time!”
The race is held on the Daytona International Road Course, which incorporates three-quarters of the banked oval, normally used for Nascar, as well as a tight and technical infield section.
“On paper the track is simple, but in reality it has a few quirks which can catch you out,” Rory explained.
“When you’re on the oval section it’s so fast, you hit the rev limiter in sixth gear at 185mph just before braking for turn one and it’s at that point you realise how quickly you’re going.”
“The Porsche 911 is a step up from the Carrera Cup spec cars that I’m familiar with, it has a different aero package to increase high speed grip, changeable gear ratios, suspension built to last 24 hours and a high-torque power curve.
“This mixed with a very hard Continental Tyre compound makes the car fun but challenging to drive.”
Butcher flew out for the big race on Tuesday. The 24-hour event will be broadcast live in its entirety on Motors TV starting at 7.00 p.m on Saturday finishing at 7.00 p.m on Sunday.