Butcher takes pole in qualifying

by Senna Hamilton

Rory Butcher took his first career BTCC pole position at Knockhill after a sensation performance which left him a quarter of a second faster than his rivals.

The AmD Tuning Honda driver set the benchmark time of 50.662s as the session was restarted following a red flag after 10 minutes when Mark Blundell spun his Trade Price Cars Audi into the gravel.

Butcher had eclipsed WSR BMW driver Andrew Jordan’s early salvo, but the Honda driver then went and pushed the fastest time down to 50.451s, well out of reach for the others.

Dan Cammish banked the second-fastest time with six minutes remaining with a 50.694s. Jordan remained in third, while Tom Chilton lines up in fourth.

In a rewarding effort, Senna Proctor claimed the fifth spot in his BMR Racing Subaru, while Turkington will line up in sixth despite the WSR BMW carrying the full level of 54kg of success ballast.

Oliphant and the Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes will share the fourth row in front of the two Hondas of BTC Racing Chris Smiley and Team Dynamics Matt Neal.

Butcher, who was carrying 30kg of success ballast is fifth and dedicated his pole position to regular teammate Sam Tordoff, who is missing after the death of his infant son last week.

Mike Bushell, who is Butcher’s regular engineer and is standing in for Tordoff and will line up in sixteenth position despite having tow lap times moved for a track limits infringement.

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