Butcher targets Pro-Am1 title in Carrera Cup GB

Rory Butcher is targeting the Pro-Am1 title as he prepares for his second season in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB. The young Scot has re-signed with Celtic Speed and says that going one better than last year, when he finished runner-up in Pro-Am1 to Jonas Gelzinis, is the clear target.“I finished second last year so the aim has to be to win Pro-Am1,” said Butcher, who recently celebrated his 25th birthday. “But I also want to be as competitive as we can in overall terms. I got very close to an overall podium at the Nurburgring last year and I want to see if I can do it this year.”In his first full season in the Carrera Cup GB, Butcher won Pro-Am1 four times and also finished fourth overall among the Carrera Cup GB racers within the Porsche Carrera World Cup at the Nurburgring. His Pro-Am1 rivals include fellow Scots Derek Pierce and Oly Mortimer as well as Ahmad Al Harthy, who finished just eight points down on Butcher last year.Butcher will continue to race with the Montrose-based Celtic Speed team, which is managed by former racer Alan Keith. Joining the squad this season in an engineering role will be Paul Leach.“I’m really excited about the new season,” said Butcher. “I feel good about our complete package and I would like to say a huge thank you to Tommy Dreelan for his support.”Backing for Butcher’s programme comes from Celtic Speed, William Waugh Ltd and William Johnston and Company Ltd, as well as a number of valuable partners.