Top six for Celtic Speed ace Butcher despite 'square' tyre

Rory Butcher bagged two top six finishes in the latest round of the UK's fastest sportscar championship, the Porsche Carrera Cup at Donington.

The 25-year-old, team leader for the Aberdeen-based Celtic Speed squad, survived two nightmare moments in his Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car, including a high-speed excursion across the gravel, and a 'square' tyre.

"The first race was fairly uneventful," Butcher, who started the race from ninth on the grid, said, "but I made up three places during the race, so we were happy with that.

"I started seventh in the day's second race and had worked my way up to sixth by the seventh of the 23 laps.

"By lap 13 I'd closed on to the bumper of the car in fifth place, but as we approached the chicane at over 150mph, another of the cars in front of us had dropped oil, or coolant.

"When I hit the brakes, they locked up for about 100 metres and hardly slowed me at all.

"The only option I had was to straight-line it across the big gravel trap at the end of the straight. It was a very bumpy ride, but at least I got out at the other need."

That though wasn't the end of Butcher's problems.

"When the brakes locked, it left me with a huge flat-spot on the front right tyre," the Kirkcaldy racer continued. "Honestly, it was so big the tyre was almost square.

"It meant I had huge vibrations to the car for the remaining 10 laps, and it was almost impossible to turn the car left.

"Thankfully we made it to the end, but when the Celtic Speed guys took the wheel off the car, the tyre's rubber had all been removed and it was down to the bare wire. How I didn't have a puncture I'll never know.

"Two sixth-place finishes is grew for everyone at Celtic Speed, and we'll be looking to build on this at the next race."

Butcher, and his Celtic Speed team, return to action for the next double-header in the Porsche Carrera Cup at Thruxton on April 28/29