Butcher hoping to improve after strong BTCC debut

Rory Butcher admitted he still has plenty to learn after taking the Jack Sear’s Trophy in his British Touring Car Championship debut weekend.

Butcher, who joined Motorbase Performance to replace injured Luke Davenport, took two top 10 finishes at Knockhill.

He said he was pleased with the results after a difficult qualifying, but is hoping to improve.

“I did better than I expected after last night,” he told Overtake Motorsport.

“I just didn’t know how it was going to go this weekend and I’m glad I managed to come through the field in race two.

“You see the guys like [Tom] Ingram, he was just off like a rocket and I’m just not on it like he is at the moment. I just need to learn the car.”

Butcher could only finish 25th in mixed conditions in qualifying and didn’t move forwards in the opening race. He managed to move forwards in race two to finish ninth, which put him on the front row of the grid for the final race of the weekend. He dropped back to ninth over the course of the race.

“I just got beaten up a little bit,” he said. “All the guys were really fair. Aggressive but fair.

“I was maybe making a little mistake here and there and they just made me pay. I couldn’t hold them off.

“I need to be a bit more precise I think and maybe hold them behind me next time.”

Feature image credit: Caroline Rhea

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