Month: June 2018

AmD with AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Racing takes three points finish into BTCC summer break

btcc croft
The AmD with AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Racing team secured three more points finishes as the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship season hit the half way stage at Croft.

The West Thurrock-based team made the long journey north hoping to challenge inside the top 15 with the pair of MG6 GTs it is campaigning for the first time this year.

Having shown strong pace through free practice, Fife-racer Rory Butcher qualified in 13th place on the grid for the opening race with a best time just eight tenths of a second away from pole position.

Despite running the less favourable hard tyre, Rory was able to take 13th in the opening race having come out on top of a late battle with fellow AmD racer Ollie Jackson’s Audi S3.

Maintaining his position at the start of race two, Rory then about working his way through the pack and he would match the pace of the leading pack en-route to tenth place – just missing out on pole position for race three when the reverse grid draw took place.

A 13th place finish in the final race of the weekend means Rory heads into the summer break sitting 19th in the overall standings and tenth in the Independents’ Trophy. Rory now also holds second place in the Jack Sears Trophy for drivers who haven’t finished on the overall podium.

Forton-based team-mate Tom Boardman was left with work to do on race day having qualified in 31st spot, with a handling issue on his car preventing him from securing a place higher up the grid.

Having finished the opening race in 26th place, Tom was making good progress up the order in race two to sit on the fringes of the top 20 when a stone thrown up by a car ahead pierced the radiator on his car and forced him back into the pits to retire.

Starting at the back for race three as a result, Tom fought his way through to 23rd place at the finish, with the positions gained across the weekend seeing him move to the head of Dunlop’s #ForeverForward standings – which is based on how many places a driver can make up across the season.

Tom sits 27th in the overall standings and 18th amongst the Independents’ at the half way stage of the season.

Rory Butcher, #12 AmD with AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Racing MG6 GT, said:
“It’s been a good weekend to take us into the summer break. We took a step forward in qualifying and then end result was that is allowed us to challenge for points in all three races; it certainly made life a bit easier.

“It was a difficult start to race day with the hard tyre but we did what we could with it and the second race it was really good to break into the top ten. Whilst we then struggled with the tyres a bit for some reason in race three, we picked up more points on the board.

“So far this season I think we’ve done well but now we need to try find what we need to make that next step forwards. I’m looking forward to the test at Snetterton to try and few things so that when the season resumes, we can push regularly inside the top ten and start to aim for the top six.”

Tom Boardman, #6 AmD with AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Racing MG6 GT, said:
“It was a very difficult weekend for me after qualifying when we didn’t have the set-up quite right on the car, and it meant I was on the back foot going into the races.

“It was always going to be tough from the back but I was focused on the #ForeverForward standings and trying to make up as many places as I could. It was all going well until the second race when a stone got thrown through the radiator which was a shame as we were getting closer the points, and I felt we could have scored before the end of the day.

“Being at the back again in race three meant I wasn’t expecting a lot but we managed to make up quite a few places and pull a little result out of the back which means I lead the #ForeverForward standings but I’ll be hoping to push for more points after the summer break.”

Shaun Hollamby, AmD with AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Racing team principal, said:
“It’s good that we have reached the summer break with some more points finishes for the MGs, and Rory has done a good job this weekend. It shows that qualifying is so important in this series as a good performance there set him up well for race day and he made the most of it.

“Tom was unlucky because of what happened in the second race when he was pushing forwards through the pack and I think there was the potential for him to also score some points. The fact he tops the #ForeverForward standings shows what he can do in the races but we need to find more from qualifying.

“We have the test coming up at Snetterton which will provide us with chance to try a few things on the car away from the pressures of a race weekend to allow us to take a step forwards after the summer break.”

 

Photo again by the very talented Mr Marc Waller.

AmD with AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Racing ready to challenge at Croft

Croft BTCC 2018

The AmD with AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Racing team will look to maintain the solid progress it has made so far this season when the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship heads for Croft this weekend for round five.

Having taken over the running of the ex-works MG6 GTs this season, the West Thurrock-based team has consistently challenged for points finishes and makes the trip to North Yorkshire aiming to add more points to its championship total.

Already this year, the team has scored double the points that the works team had up picked going into the corresponding meeting twelve months ago.

Fife-based racer Rory Butcher leads the team’s challenge going into the Croft weekend having picked up his seventh points scoring finish of the year last time out at Oulton Park.

The Scottish racer looked well placed to add to that in the final race of the weekend in Cheshire before being caught up in an unfortunate start-line shunt that left his car needing extensive repairs in the short gap before the team needed to leave for long journey north.

Hard work back at base has seen the #6 car fully repaired, with Rory now seeking to reward the team with more strong results on track at a circuit where has enjoyed plenty of success during his career to date.

Forton-based team-mate Tom Boardman has also enjoyed success on track at Croft in the past, taking a brace of victories in the Production Class back in 2003 and then picking up three top ten finishes during two seasons in the premier class back in 2010 and 2011.

Tom makes the journey across the Pennines buoyed by a strong performance on track last time out at Oulton Park, where he bounced back from a difficult qualifying session – and a drive through penalty in the second race of the weekend – to pick up his second points finish of the year.

Tom will seek to add to his championship tally in the final meeting before the BTCC’s traditional summer break, with his results on paper not being a fair reflection of the pace he has shown so far on his return to the series.

Rory Butcher, #6 AmD with AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Racing MG6 GT, said:
“I’ve not been to Croft for five years but I can’t wait to return as I love the circuit and I’m feeling positive about the weekend ahead. We made good progress with the car during race day at Oulton Park and I’m excited to see how that translates into on-track performance when we hit the track this time around.

“As I’ve said all season, points are the key thing for us and it is important that we try and score in all three races to keep them ticking over, but I’m also keen to try and push for a really strong result this weekend.

“We have to focus on getting the best out of every session on track but I have nothing to lose and will be fighting hard to bring home at least a top ten finish ahead of the summer break.”

Tom Boardman, #12 AmD with AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Racing MG6 GT, said:
“I’m really looking forward to heading to Croft this weekend and I can’t wait to get back in the car. We showed strong pace last time out and I’m feeling more comfortable behind the wheel every time I go out on track.

“We still have a bit of work to do in qualifying but our race pace is getting better and better and it leaves me confident that we can pick up some strong results going into the summer break.

“Croft is a circuit that I enjoy and one where I’ve had some good results in the past, and hopefully I can push for more points this weekend.”

Shaun Hollamby, AmD with AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Racing team principal, said:
“It has been a good season so far with the MGs and we head for Croft confident that we can put more points on the board before the summer break. The team has worked hard and done a fantastic job to repair the damage we picked up at Oulton Park, and both cars are in perfect shape for the weekend ahead.

“Although it’s been a while since Rory and Tom both raced at Croft, there is no reason at all why both can’t expect to fight for a place in the top 15 and with the pace they showed at Oulton Park, a top ten is very much achievable.

“If we can nail qualifying to get them both higher up the grid then we could be on for a very strong weekend.”

Photo again courtesy of the excellent Marc Waller!

Double points score for AmD with AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Racing at Oulton Park

Oulton Park BTCC 2018
The AmD with AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Racing team picked up a double points score as the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship headed for Oulton Park for the fourth round of the year.

The West Thurrock-based team made the trip north feeling optimistic about pushing towards the top ten, with drivers Tom Boardman and Rory Butcher both targeting points in their MG6 GTs.

At his home circuit, Lancashire racer Tom was left with work to do after qualifying, having posted the 30th best time despite being less than 1.5s down on the pace set by the pole man out front.

A solid run in the opening race saw Tom make up six spots to finish in 24th spot although a more challenging race two saw him end up in 25th having been forced to complete a drive through penalty for being out of position at the start.

Having avoided an accident at the start of race three, Tom fought his way into the top 20 within two laps and continued to push hard to lie on the fringes of the points. When Aiden Moffat ahead ran into problems on the final lap, Tom was able to pounce to take 15th place and his second points finish of the year.

Fife-based team-mate Rory Butcher qualified 23rd in the sister car but found himself dropping to the back of the pack when the lights went out in race one after he bogged down at the start.

Fighting back to 27th place at the finish, Rory then displayed the pace in his car in race two with a battling drive through to 14th spot – just a second and a half away from eighth in a huge midfield battle.

With a car more than capable of pushing for the top ten, Rory headed into race three in confident mood but his race would end in a dramatic fashion when he was caught up in a multi-car accident at the start that forced him into immediate retirement.

Tom Boardman, #12 AmD with AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Racing MG6 GT, said:
“We had a few issues in practice that left me on the back foot a bit after Saturday, but I feel we came back from it well and I’m continuing to get more comfortable in the car and getting it more to my liking.

“I’m happy that we’ve ended the weekend with a points finish at my home race although I’m disappointed at the same time that we didn’t get more. Had it not been for a small mistake on my part ahead of race two, I’m sure we could have picked up a good result there and that would be left me better placed for race three.

“I certainly think I’m getting stronger and it just comes down to time in the car. Every time we go out, we are learning and taking steps forward, so roll on Croft in a few weeks time.”

Rory Butcher, #6 AmD with AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Racing MG6 GT, said:
“It was one of those weekends for us but at the same time, there are a lot of positives to take away from it. Qualifying was tough and then we had the issue at the start of race one, but we showed strong pace from that point onwards and it showed we had taken a huge step forwards overnight.

“I felt we had a really good chance of scoring a top ten finish in the final race but then we had the incident where three into one wouldn’t go and it was just unfortunate – the lightest of touches ended up in a huge smash.

“That is just something that we will put behind us and come out fighting next time out at Croft.”

Shaun Hollamby, AmD with AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Racing team principal, said:
“We’ve taken a big step forwards with the MGs this weekend and I feel there are a lot of positives to take away from Oulton Park. For both drivers to have scored points is great and I think we would have been in a good position to score a top ten finish within the incident in race three.

“As a team, we are working well at the moment and we have to focus on making more progress when we go to Croft next time out.”

Excellent photography again accredited to Marc Waller!

AmD with AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Racing targets top ten at Oulton Park

Oulton Park BTCC
The AmD with AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Racing team will hope to break back into the top ten this weekend when the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship heads for Oulton Park for round four.

The West Thurrock-based team has picked up four top ten finishes so far in 2018, which is the first season that it has run the race-winning MG6 GTs in the series.

For Forton-based Tom Boardman, the Oulton Park weekend will be one of the biggest of the season as the former race winner prepares to compete at his home circuit for the first time 2011.

Tom started his season with a fine fourth place finish in challenging conditions at Brands Hatch but was out of luck at both Donington Park and Thruxton, where incidents not of his own making robbed him of the chance to score more points.

The 34-year-old heads for Cheshire buoyed by a strong end to the weekend at Thruxton last time out where he admitted to feeling like he had turned a corner with the MG, and his focus is firmly on trying to fight towards the top 15 places.

Team-mate Rory Butcher was also in the wars in Hampshire last time out after an accident in practice hampered his on-track efforts, but he fought back well to pick up his sixth points finish of the season on race day.

Those results mean the Fife racer is well placed in both the Independents and Jack Sears Trophy standings and he goes into the weekend keen to challenge towards the top ten to maintain his championship positions.

Tom Boardman, #12 AmD with AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Racing MG6 GT, said:
“I’m really looking forward to Oulton Park this weekend as it’s my home circuit and a circuit that I really enjoy driving. Things didn’t quite go to plan for me last time out at Thruxton but we made huge progress in the final race there, and I want to try and build on when we hit the track this time around.

“We have a car that is capable of challenging inside the top 15 and that is my aim this weekend; I’m determined to push for some solid points for both me and the team.”

Rory Butcher, #6 AmD with AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Racing MG6 GT, said:
“I’m feeling very positive about the weekend. Thruxton was a tough one for us but we showed good pace again in the races and rescued some points which is encouraging going to a circuit in Oulton Park that should be better suited to us.

“Whilst we have raced well this season, we have room to improve in qualifying and that is something we have to focus on a bit this weekend so we can give ourselves the best chance on pushing towards the top ten on race day.

“I want at least one top ten this weekend and we need to keep banking the points as we have done so far this season.”

Shaun Hollamby, AmD with AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Racing team principal, said:
“It’s a big weekend for Tom this weekend as he prepares for his home meeting and we feel confident that he can have a strong one given his performance in the final race at Thruxton. The pace he showed there was really good and his points tally so far this year doesn’t reflect how well he has driven when you consider how long he had been out of a race car before the season started.

“We’re also confident that Rory can continue his strong start to the season and add more points to his tally, with the top ten certainly being achievable.”

Photo again courtesy of Marc Waller.