Butcher bags pole for GT4 opener

Fifer Rory Butcher will start from pole position for one of tomorrow’s opening double-headers of the British GT 4 Championship at Oulton Park after delivering a dazzling performance on his sportscar debut.

The 22-year-old from Dunfermline, who dominated the Scottish Formula Ford Championship last year, will partner Englishman Ben Harvey in the Prestige Car Leasing KTM for the two 60-minute races.

“We were only third-quickest in qualifying for the opening race,” Butcher, son of Knockhill owner Derek, explained today, “but we made a few minor tweaks to the car for the second session and we went significantly faster.”

Butcher, who drove the car in the second session at the 2.7-mile Cheshire circuit, was 1.469secs quicker than the Ginetta of second-fastest man Christian Dick. Harvey, who piloted the car in the opening qualifying session, set a best time of 1:49.904s.

The Nissan 350Z of Lesmahagow-based ProMotorsport , driven by Derek Palmer and Rick Pearson, lines up fourth for both Easter Monday races.


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