A win plus three podiums for St Cyrus team

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ST CYRUS-based Celtic Speed, Scotland’s leading sportscar team, continued its assault on the British Porsche Carrera Cup when it collected a win and three podium finishes in the latest round at Donington.

Rory Butcher bagged two third-place finishes and a ninth overall in the highly competitive Pro-Am1 Championship, while George Brewster claimed a win and a third place in the Pro-Am2 title race.

Mr Brewster said: “The first race was frustrating but I got a better start in the second race and I had a terrific battle with two of the other cars in the class. At one stage we were running three abreast through the high speed corners.

“This time I managed to keep my nose in front and took my third class win of the year to extend my lead in the championship.”

This is the first full season team-mate Rory Butcher has competed in for Celtic Speed. He said:

“It was another learning weekend for me. We had software gremlins during qualifying which hampered everyone in the team, so we weren’t able to show our full pace.

“But in the two races Porsche had replaced the software and my car was back to being as quick as it was in the opening round at Brands Hatch.”

Celtic Speed team principal Tommy Dreelan, who suffered a puncture in the opening race and finished fifth in the second outing, was pleased with another successful weekend. He said: “The whole team worked superbly again over the weekend though it was a pity we were affected by the software glitches on Saturday.

“We’ve no direct control over the software, but the fuel-surge problems it generated definitely slowed the cars during qualifying and as a result we started further back than our true pace would have put us.

“But both Rory and George drove super races and to score three podiums plus a win shows we’re moving in the right direction.”

The team is back in action for the next double header in the Porsche Carrera Cup at Thruxton at the end of the month.