‘The whole vibe right now is hugely positive’ – Butcher settles at his new team

Former Independent’s Champion Rory Butcher has been settling into his new Toyota GAZOO Racing UK team, his third outfit in his BTCC career.

The 34-year-old Scotsman will be entering his fifth year into the British Touring Car Championship.

Earlier this morning, his new team unveiled their TGR UK liveries on both of their Toyota Corollas.

“I’ve got to say, I’ve settled into the team very well,” Butcher said.

“All the guys and girls have made me feel extremely welcome from the outset, and everybody is so focussed on the objective of fighting for the championship, pushing hard in every single area to ensure we really maximise our performance.”

He finished fifth in the overall drivers’ standings in the last season claiming three race wins and six podium finishes.

In the year before, he also finished fifth in the overall standings which won him the Jack Sears Trophy and the Independent’s title.

For the 2021 season, he will race in his fifth BTCC machine being the Toyota Corolla.

“I’ve been getting to know the mechanics and my new engineer Paul Ridgway, who has been involved in the BTCC for a long time and arrives with an excellent reputation.

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“My brother-in-law Gordon Shedden – who worked with Paul a couple of years ago – gave him a ringing endorsement too, so I’m excited to see what we can accomplish together.

“The whole vibe right now is hugely positive, and I can’t tell you how much I’m looking forward to the first test at Donington Park.

“I’ve been counting down the days ever since I signed up, and having raced closely against the Corolla over the past couple of years, I can’t wait to climb behind the wheel for myself and discover what all the buzz is about!”

Following their testing later this week at Donington Park, further testing will be conducted at Snetterton and Brands Hatch.

The season will commence on May 7/8 at Thruxton.