Butcher building confidence with Corolla and targets strong Oulton Park results

Toyota GAZOO Racing UK driver Rory Butcher qualified third ahead of Round 10 of the BTCC with more confidence in his Toyota Corolla.

The 34-year-old Scotsman had his best ever qualifying so far this season at his new team and in a new car, the Toyota Corolla GR Sport.

“I’m really pleased,” Butcher reacted after qualifying earlier today.

“It was nice to come out of FP2 and go into qualifying feeling quite confident. We pieced a really good lap together on that second run (1m25.572s).

“For a moment, I thought I had pole but my brother-in-law (Gordon Shedden) had to go and ruin it for me (said mockingly) and then obviously Proctor did a great job.”

Butcher has claimed a P3 finish at Snetterton so far this season to mark his only visit to the podium in Toyota colours.

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He drove Motorbase’s Ford Focus ST last season to claim six podium finishes and three race wins during the 27-round calendar.

But for this year, he has been familiarising himself with Speedworks’ Toyota Corolla alongside teammate Sam Smelt.

“I’ve struggled to adapt to this Corolla and they’ve (the team) been really supportive.

“The car’s quite different to how it was at the start of the season and I’m getting so much more confidence from it and have started really enjoying driving it.

“Hopefully we can pull some results out of the bag now.”

The top four drivers qualified within 0.100s to define a close fight for pole position.

Butcher is set on getting his championship momentum in motion as he targets another podium finish but will be dueling with two Team Dynamics Honda Civic Type Rs at the start of Race 1.