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Jack Butel: “I felt I took a step forward in race performance this weekend”

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Jack Butel made another step forwards as he looks to catch up with the top ten. While his weekend had been made tough by poor qualifying, he recovered in the races with good driving around the Donington Park circuit from the Jersey born driver.

Butel had started the weekend off with a sponsored kart event involving media personnel at the local Daytona Motorsport Karting Circuit in nearby Tamworth. He managed to help his team to fifth in the event.

Going into qualifying he managed a fairly poor performance and only managed twentieth of the twenty-one runners. Afterwards he said “It was gutting to experience gearbox and clutch issues during qualifying which limited our performance and compromised the weekend. SWB Motorsport did a great job to resolve the issues and I had a car that I could use to cut through the pack come the races.”

He did exactly this, making progress in the race managing to take two positions in the first sector and finishing the race in fourteenth after an excellent double overtake at the Craner Curves. He also did well in race 2 where he gained another place from his start position managing to finishing twelfth after fighting for the top ten.

The final race of the weekend saw him once again start near the back. He managed to stay out of danger in the first few turns and was one of the biggest benefiters. He struggled to gain positions after the safety car, but still managed to finish in thirteenth.

“I was able to push on as the weekend progressed and I was happy with my starts as I made up positions in every race and I felt I took a step forward in race performance this weekend as well.” Talking ahead to the future he said; “I can’t wait for the next round at Thruxton – it’s an amazing circuit, really quick and so much fun to drive. It’s flat out! I am hoping we can break into the top ten like we did in testing a few weeks ago.”

Jack will be hoping for further progress in coming weeks. “We are going in the right direction with our pace and I hope the mechanical gremlins disappear so I can push on for a good result in three weeks time.”

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