Rory Butcher breaks Knockhill qualifying lap record to secure maiden pole position

Rory Butcher has claimed his maiden British Touring Car Championship pole position this afternoon on home soil at Knockhill, breaking the qualifying lap record at the same time after setting a lap time of 50.451 seconds.

The Scottish driver topped both of the morning’s free practice sessions and led half-way through the 30-minute qualifying session, only to go out again and further increase his advantage.

After qualifying, Butcher was quite obviously delighted with his effort and dedicated his pole position to Sam Tordoff and Georgie.

“What a special pole position in front of my friends and family and on my home track,” said Butcher. “I was never able to get pole. Front row yes, but never first place. It’s a great feeling. I know we’ve been quickest all day, but we’ve worked hard at it and found time in every session. We all know the situation with Sam and Georgie, so this is for them.”

Team Dynamics Dan Cammish will line up second on the grid in his Halfords backed Honda Civic Type-R FK8 with Andrew Jordan lining up third in his BMW 3-Series – who will be eager to close the gap to his Championship rival Colin Turkington in tomorrow’s three races.

Turkington will line-up in sixth after quick times late on from Motorbase Performance’s Tom Chilton and BMR’s Senna Proctor ensure two cars line-up between the two leading Championship protagonists.

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The Championship fight is set to continue tomorrow between Turkington and Jordan. 

Chilton will start fourth with Proctor an impressive fifth – his best qualifying position since he moved to BMR over the winter break.

Tom Oliphant will start seventh ahead of Adam Morgan and Chris Smiley with Matt Neal rounding out the top-10.

Header image from BTCC

By Jordan Hollands

 

 

 

 

 

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