Butcher bags back-to-back BTCC pole 22 | 08 | 2020

    FIFER RORY BUTCHER scorched to his second successive pole position ahead of tomorrow’s British Touring Car Championship triple-header at Oulton Park. (Related: Butcher eyes BTCC title with Motorbase)

    The 33-year-old from Kirkcaldy, driving his Motorbase Ford Focus, clocked a best time of 1min 25.734secs round the demanding 2.2-mile Cheshire circuit.

    “It’s great to be back on pole for the second successive meeting,” Butcher, who also bagged pole last time out at Brands Hatch, said today. “So happy for everyone. That was a real team effort. Car has been amazing all day. Hopefully this weekend we’ll have a bit more luck in the races.” (Related: Butcher wins BTCC Knockhill thriller)


    Butcher was leading, and seemed on course of another win in the opening race a fortnight ago before his car suffered a puncture with two laps remaining. From the back of the grid he fought back to finish fourth in the second race, before another puncture put him out of the final race.

    The Scot, who pipped Josh Cook’s Honda by 0.089s in qualifying at Oulton, starts two places ahead of championship leader, former Knockhill race instructor Colin Turkington.

    Butcher, who won the BTCC Independents’ Championship last season, heads into the first of today’s races sixth in the overall title race, 43 points behind leader Turkington, but only 18 points adrift of third placed Tom Oliphant.

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    Jim McGill

    Photographs copyright of Jakob Ebrey

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