Butcher recommits to second campaign at Toyota GAZOO Racing UK

Rory Butcher has committed to a second season with the Toyota GAZOO Racing UK outfit run by Speedworks Motorsport.

The 2019 Independents’ Champion and Jacks Sears Trophy winner will start his fifth season in the British Touring Car Championship.

He finished his first season with the outfit at seventh in the overall Drivers’ Standings, claiming 247 points.

In the Toyota Corolla, he landed six podium finishes with three race wins.

Butcher shared his thoughts and expectations in a press release.

“To be coming back with the same team and car is a first for me, and that continuity can only be a positive – especially as we head into the new hybrid era, with all the changes that will entail.

“Not needing to gel with different people or a different car will be one less thing to have to worry about, and it means we can put everything we’ve learned together so far to good use.

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“I made no secret of the fact that it took me a little while to completely get to grips with the Corolla last year; there was a lot to adapt to but once we ‘clicked’, we were quick pretty much everywhere, which fills me with a lot of confidence going forward.

“We know we still have a few areas that need ironing out to fully maximise the car’s potential, but we have so much data to draw upon and with the pre-season development we have planned, there’s no reason at all why we shouldn’t be pushing for wins at every circuit.”

Butcher will work with Toyota in the new hybrid era, providing opportunity across the field for different overtaking and defence techniques as temporary power boosts replace the outgoing success ballast system.

The 2022 season will open at Donington Park on 23-24 April, a home circuit for the Toyota Corolla produced at the nearby Toyota Motor Manufacturing UK (TMUK) plant in Burnaston.

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