Britain’s fastest sportscar racers flock to Knockhill in Fife this weekend for the latest double-header in the British GT4 Championship, and most eyes will be on Dunfermline youngster Rory Butcher.
The 22-year-old, who won last time out at Oulton Park with his team-mate Ben Harvey on only his first outing in the British GT Championship, is determined to continue his winning ways.
“It was a great way to start the season with a win and a second place,” the Fifer, who will again drive his Prestige Car Leasing KTM, said today, “and we’ve every intention of even hopefully bettering that this weekend.”
Butcher, of course, has no excuse for not knowing his way round the tight, twisty and undulating 1.3-mile circuit; he’s the son of Knockhill owner Derek Butcher.
“Yeh, it’s fair to say I’ve been round the track a few times,” the youngster, who has just returned to Scotland after testing at the daunting Spa-Francorchamps grand prix circuit in Belgium, continued.
“But throw another batch of hi-speed sportscar racers on to the track, and suddenly everything gets very congested and tight. I’m taking nothing for granted this weekend. I know it’s going to be tough to get on the podium, let alone win.”
Butcher and Harvey will again face stiff competition from the Ginetta of Christian Dick and Jamie , plus the Lotus 2-Eleven of Chris Bialan and Simon Mason in both the 60-minute races.
Meanwhile Edinburgh’s John Gaw and team-mate, fellow Scot Phil Dryburgh, who took GT Cup class honours at Oulton in their Porsche, will also be looking to repeat their success at Knockhill.