Rory is a ‘Rock’ star after excellent podium finish

Rory Butcher with team mate Liam Griffin.
Rory Butcher with team mate Liam Griffin.

Kirkcaldy’s Rory Butcher claimed an excellent podium finish in round two of the British GT Championship held at Rockingham over the weekend.

Butcher partnered Liam Griffin to third place in the Motorbase/Oman-run Aston Martin V12 Vantage after starting Sunday’s two hour contest fifth on the grid.

It proved a good weekend overall for the Motorbase/Oman team with the other pairing - Daniel Lloyd and Ahmad Al Harthy - finishing second.

David Batrum, team principal, said: “Second and third is brilliant for the Oman Racing Team and our championship challenge.

“Rory and Liam have had another well-deserved result. They never stop working and looking to improve and another very good partnership is growing there.”

The result took Butcher-Griffin up to second in the overall drivers’ standings.

It proved a more frustrating weekend for fellow Kirkcaldy driver Jonny Adam and team mate Andrew Howard in the Beechdean Aston Martin GT3.

Hopes were high of a race win after qualifying second on the grid, particularly after establishing an early race lead.

However, after encountering a small brake problem, the GT3 car dropped back to fifth position, and due to an extra 20 seconds of pit stop time after their win in the first round at Oulton Park, the Beechdean team came out of the pits in eighth.

Adam, however, kept consistent pace, maintaining eighth position for most of the race, and in the last 25 minutes managed to gain a position on the safety car, bringing the Beechdean Aston Martin home in seventh place.

Adam said: “Rockingham was always going to be a tricky weekend with the extra 20 second pit stop time, and unfortunately we developed a small brake problem throughout the race. “We still scored points and at this stage of the championship this is important.”

Adam and Howard will be hopeful of improving on their current fourth place in the British GT standings in round three of the championship at Silverstone on May 30-31.