Butcher stars on Carrera Cup debut

Rory Butcher was one of the stars of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB during rounds 15 and 16 of the championship at Knockhill on Sunday (17 August). Racing one of the PCGB cars, Rory finished fifth in both races and twice won the pro-am2 category to complete a highly impressive debut. He now hopes to use that performance as a springboard to racing in the Carrera Cup in 2009.The 21-year old from Kirkcaldy is a race and rally instructor at Knockhill, the circuit owned by his father Derek. Rory is also the brother-in-law of BTCC racer Gordon Shedden and has experience from saloon cars and Formula Ford 1600 single-seaters."What an experience," said Rory of the weekend in the 911GT3 Cup car. "It lived up to everything I thought it would be. The team gave me a great car and I quickly got confident in it. The top six is so hard to get into, and I'm so happy to have achieved that. I feel that I've done myself proud."Racing in front of his home crowd as well as many fellow Knockhill instructors added to the pressure, but he coped extremely well. "There was a lot of pressure because so many people were watching me and I don't think I've ever been so nervous in my life!"However, he delivered two excellent drives and is keen to return to the championship. "I just want to be in this paddock next year in a Carrera Cup car. It's all about finding the budget and getting a deal organised to try and go for it."