Rory Butcher kept his bid to finish second in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB on track with a fourth podium of the season in the latest double-header at Rockingham.
Driving for Celtic Speed, Butcher finished fifth in the opening race, before delivering masterclass of wet weather driving to steer himself to second in monsoon-like conditions in race two.
“The conditions were absolutely terrible,” said 25 year old Butcher. “I think it’s as close to a monsoon as you’re ever going to get in the UK.I made a great start from third on the grid, but right away it was almost impossible to see where I was going because of the spray produced by the cars in front.
“In an effort to see, I pulled up high on to the right-hand side of the banking of the oval track before we dipped down into the tight left-hander which took us on to the twisty infield section. I was then able to squeeze my way ahead of championship leader Michael Meadows, and set about chasing race leader Ben Barker. The big problem was, as soon as I got to within 100-metres of the back of his car, he disappeared behind a wall of spray and I had to back-off so I could see where I was going.”
“We probably didn’t get the set-up right for the opening race, as I struggled for grip as the race went on, but we got everything right for the second race. I’ve got to say a big thank you to team boss Tommy Dreelan, and especially all the guys in the team who worked in terrible conditions to get the car ready for the second race. The championship’s very tight at the top, and I’m only 21 points off second place with two double-headers to come at Silverstone and Brands Hatch.”