Porsche racer Rory Butcher replaced Motorbase Performance’s Martin Depper in the official British Touring Car Championship tyre test at Snetterton.
Butcher, who has raced for the team in the British GT, was 10th fastest after the morning running in only his first time behind the wheel of a British Touring Car.
“It was a great experience driving a BTCC car for the first time,” he said. “It couldn’t be further away from a GT car which I am more used to. I have really enjoyed the challenge.”
Depper had to miss the second day of testing due to work commitments.
With Luke Davenport in hospital following the accident at Croft, Motorbase is a man down, which could provide Butcher with the opportunity to make his BTCC race debut.
The debut is unlikely to come at the Snetterton round later this month, where team principal David Bartrum says Motorbase will only field two cars. But Motorbase is expected to be back to three cars by Knockhill in August.
Feature image credit: Caroline Rhea