Butcher shines for Celtic Speedposted in POR10 | 06 | 2012
SCOTLAND'S LEADING SPORTSCAR team, St Cyrus-based Celtic Speed, and driver Rory Butcher, further enhanced their reputations after two blistering performances in the latest rounds of the Porsche Carrera Cup.
After topping the timesheets during wet practice, the 25-year-old from Kirkcaldy qualified his Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car in eighth position for the double-header at Oulton Park.
And in both 18-lap races at the 2.2-mile Cheshire circuit, acknowledged as being one of the fastest circuit in the UK, Butcher again displayed impressive form in his 450bhp car.
In the opening race, Butcher was up to seventh before the end of the first lap, then eased past Richard Plant's car to move into sixth.
The talented young Scot hounded the rear bumper of Ben Barker's car for another 12 laps before he was able to dart past him.
"It was a bit frustrating because I knew I had a much quicker car than Barker," Butcher, who finished fifth, just 0.490s behind fourth-placed Daniel Lloyd, explained.
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"I knew if I could get past Barker I'd have been able to also get past Lloyd, but in the end we just ran out of laps."
In the second race, and again starting from eighth, Butcher continued to display his maturing talent in this, his first season mixing it with the more experienced racers in the Porsche Carrera Cup Pro Championship.
Another series of dazzling overtaking manoeuvres, including darting past Plant at the Hairpin, saw him also ease past Lloyd's car.
"I knew once I got ahead of Lloyd that it would be tough to keep him behind me," Butcher, who finished fourth continued.
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"But I know I'm learning with every race weekend and I'm gaining more confidence as we go through the season.
"I also feel I now have the right to be mixing it with the experienced guys at the front of the field. I finished on the podium in the rain at Thruxton, and only narrowly missed out on a top three finish at Oulton, so I'm happy with the progress we're making."
Celtic Speed team boss Tommy Dreelan was also delighted with the pace and performance of his young driver.
"We've always known Rory is a class act," Aberdeen-based Dreelan explained, "and his performances at Thruxton, and now at Oulton Park, have merely highlighted to everyone else just how good — and fast — he is.
"Everyone in the team is delighted with the progress we're making this season and we head to the next double-header at Croft in a fortnight gunning for another podium."
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