THE ST CYRUS based sportscar team Celtic Speed returned to Scotland with another win, plus a further three podium finishes, after the latest double-header in the Porsche Carrera Cup at the high-speed Thruxton circuit.
Rory Butcher continued his excellent debut season in the Porsche Carrera Cup Pro-Am1 Championship when he notched two podium finishes.
The 24-year-old returned from Hampshire delighted with his weekend. He said: “It was an excellent outing for me, I scored two second place finishes in Pro-Am1 and finished seventh overall in the first race, my best overall finish of the year in a field of 23 cars.”
He continued: “Everything really clicked this weekend, I got a bit of help from ex-British Touring Car Championship racer Jonny Adam from Kirkcaldy in the build-up to the race, and that really helped.
“The first race was excellent. I got away from the line perfectly and quickly settled in to a good pace. I knew I had to look after my tyres because Thruxton — the fastest circuit in the UK — is notorious for causing punctures.
“I pushed harder towards the end of the race and was delighted to be second in class and seventh overall, my best finish of the year.”
There was further success for Celtic Speed when George Brewster, who was forced to retire in the opening race after his car suffered a puncture, won the Pro-Am2 class in the second race to extend his lead in the championship.
Mr Brewster said: “The first race was definitely disappointing and frustrating. I was comfortably ahead of the rest of the Pro-Am2 field and had set the fastest lap of the race when the car suffered a left-rear puncture.
“I managed to get back to the pits, but we decided as we’d lost too much ground we’d save the new tyres for the second race. Thankfully everything held together in the second race and it was great to finish the day with another quickest lap and a win.”
It was a view backed by Celtic Speed team boss Tommy Dreelan.
Mr Dreelan, who finished third in the Pro-Am2 race added: “It’s been a fantastic weekend for the team.”
“Rory’s qualifying pace was brilliant and his race-performances showed he is a real star in the making.
“George recovered very well from the disappointment of the first race to take another win in his class. Overall it was an excellent weekend.”