Rory Butcher pleased with trio of top tens despite missed podium

Rory Butcher pleased with trio of top tens despite missed podium

Rory Butcher
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AmD Tuning’s Rory Butcher was pleased to score a trio of top ten finishes in the British Touring Car Championship races at Rockingham, with the MG driver not ruing missing out on a potential podium in the final race.

Butcher enjoyed his strongest BTCC outing to-date in Corby, taking home three top ten finishes on Sunday, with the Scot bettering his results in each successive contest.

Having qualified in 20th for race one, just six tenths from pole, Butcher brought his MG6 home in ninth in the first race.

He then improved in race two with eighth, before starting the reverse-grid final race from third on the grid.

A potential podium looked to be on the cards in the early stages of the race, but Butcher missed his braking point heading into the Deene hairpin on the tenth lap and dropped from third to sixth, where he eventually finished the race.

Despite the mistake, the 31-year-old was not disappointed with his weekend’s results, marking the first time he has finished all three races inside the top ten since joining the championship at Knockhill in 2017.

“I’m really pleased with how the weekend went and it was a good way for us to bounce back from the disappointment of not scoring at Snetterton,” said Butcher. “After such a tight qualifying session, I felt confident that we could race forwards as we have had a strong race car throughout the season – and that proved to be correct.

“It was all about making sure that we stayed out of trouble at the start of the races, particularly in the mixed conditions, but I think I drove well and felt in a good place going into race three.

“I was determined to try and get to the front early on but perhaps took a bit too much out of the tyres and was struggling for grip.

“It was a shame that we had the little trip off but if I’m being honest, I’m not sure if I would have been able to keep the three guys behind at bay because of the way our tyres dropped off.

“I’m not going to beat myself up about it because three top ten finishes is a great weekend for us and a nice boost going into my home round at Knockhill in a few weeks.”