Rory Butcher’s Porsche Carrera Cup hopes hit the skids on Sunday in a controversial double-header at Knockhill.
The Kirkcaldy ace finished second in Sunday’s opening race at his home track, but his Celtic Speed Porsche 911 was punted off the track and into the gravel at the opening corner of the second race by rival racer Dean Stoneman.
Butcher was forced to pit for repairs and dropped to the back of the pack, but he recovered brilliantly to bring his battered and bruised car home eighth, while Stoneman was docked nine championship points for causing the shunt.
Butcher explained: “It seemed he (Stoneman) made no attempt to turn into the corner and made contact with my car.
“At the time I even felt he was looking for me and the stewards obviously felt something similar.
“I just about hung on and rejoined in sixth place but with my rear bumper hanging off and front splitter missing.
“I managed to make up two places over the next few laps but then the officials called me into the pits to fix the damage.
“The Celtic Speed boys did a phenomenal job and made a blisteringly quick repair. I was last, but I went for it.
“I was channelling my anger in the right way, and I made up almost four seconds on winner Michael Meadows during the race.
“I don’t think I have ever driven better than that. My last lap was just four tenths off my fastest lap in that race with tyres which had taken over 30 laps of abuse.
“The result wasn’t good but I enjoyed every single lap. I produced one of the drives of my career - it was just a shame that I had to do it from the back of the pack.”
Rory is currently fifth in the drivers standings and out of contention to claim the Porsche Carrera Cup title, but Sunday’s incident has spurred the Fifer on to have a good end to the season.
“It is very tight between Stoneman, Daniel Lloyd and me in the championship for third position,” he said. “I am gunning for that podium spot now - I really want it badly. The controversies have fired me up.
“I don’t like being on the receiving end, but I am going to use it as a positive at Rockingham in three weeks.”
The Porsche Carrera Cup featured at Knockhill as part of the British Touring Car Championships weekend which drew a record crowd to the Fife track.
“The whole weekend was so much fun and I still can’t believe the amount of sponsors, friends and family that showed up to cheer me on,” Butcher added. “I must say a big thanks to everyone for being there and showing their support.
“Second place in the first race was a strong result and it was great to hear all the cheers as I drove back to the pits and then went on to the podium. We have been seeking this kind of result and it put some great points on the championship board for us.”