Month: August 2018

AmD with AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Racing maintains strong form at Knockhill

Butcher at Knockhill

The AmD with AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Racing team maintained its recent strong form with another three top finishes in the latest rounds of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship season at Knockhill.

The West Thurrock-based team made the long trip to Scotland on the back of a solid weekend at Rockingham, where Fife racer Rory Butcher was able to match his career best result of sixth and Aberdeen-based team-mate enjoyed a solid debut in the second MG6 GT.

Buoyed by his performance in Corby two weeks earlier, Rory headed into the weekend at his home circuit eager to impress but endured a tough qualifying session on Saturday that left him 23rd on the grid for the opening race of the weekend.

The arrival of rain on race day would work in his favour however, and an impressive drive in the opening race saw him storm through the pack to bring home a top ten finish.

Rory followed that up with ninth place in race two, which would then become seventh when the leading two cars were excluded from the results, which left him well placed for the third and final race of the weekend.

Lapping as quickly as anyone else on track, Rory battled up to fifth spot and looked set to secure his best result in the series to date until an error at the hairpin in the closing stages dropped him back to seventh.

Rory now sits eighth in the Independents’ Trophy standings and third in the Jack Sears Trophy.

Team-mate Glynn qualified in 27th spot at the wheel of the second car but also made forward progress in the opening race of the weekend as he made his through to 20th spot in the tricky on-track conditions.

The former British GT champion would follow that up with 17th place in race two before the two exclusions ahead saw him promoted into 15th – allowing him to break into the points for the first time since returning to the series.

Like Rory, Glynn went into the final race of the weekend keen to continue his progress through the field but when the inside of his car started to steam up, he found himself struggling for visibility and slipped back to 18th having run strongly inside the points in the early stages.

Rory Butcher, #6 AmD with AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Racing MG6 GT, said:
“Saturday was a tough day as we don’t seem to be able to that that one quick lap out of the car in qualifying like some of the others do. But we knew we had a strong race car and with the rain that was forecast, I was confident that we had a good chance of some decent results.

“The car was as good as ever and was very stable in the conditions which allowed me to push forwards into the top ten in race one and that was key. From there, we showed we had the pace to run with the top five and it’s a shame that a small error on my part towards the end meant we had to settle for seventh in race three.

“It was one of those situations where I had to have a go and if it had come off, we’d have been able to celebrate a great result.”

Glynn Geddie, #41 AmD with AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Racing MG6 GT, said:
“It’s been a bit of an up and down weekend. I’ve not quite had the overall pace throughout the weekend and if I’m being honest, I think I should have done a bit better. The first race was down to me mostly and race two was okay and it was good to end up with a point at the end of it.

“The third race was our chance to really to push forwards but I was struggling to see as the car was steaming up and it was quite dangerous so I had to back off a bit. Luck wasn’t on my side but this is a tough grid to be part of and I have to say thanks to the team for their efforts.”

Shaun Hollamby, AmD with AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Racing team principal, said:
“As at Rockingham, it’s been a good weekend for the two MGs and we leave Knockhill pleased with some strong results on track. We came into the weekend feeling optimistic about what we could achieve and it was great to see perform well on their home circuit.

“Rory did a great job throughout race day after a difficult Saturday and to see him running so strongly in the top ten was fantastic. He drove superbly and to have now finished inside the top ten in six straight races shows we have a strong race car.

“Glynn has also done well in difficult conditions in what was only his second weekend in the car and it was good to see him score a point. I’m sure he would have added more without his problem in race three but he has done a solid job and we’re pleased with his performance on track.”

Thanks as always to Marc Waller for the photography!

AmD with AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Racing keen to impress in ‘home’ event

Butcher at Rockingham

The AmD with AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Racing team will hope to impress this weekend when the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship heads for Knockhill for the eighth round of the season.

Although the trip to Scotland is the longest on the calendar for the West Thurrock-based team, the Knockhill meeting will be something of a home event for the MG squad thanks to its all-Scottish driver pairing of Rory Butcher and Glynn Geddie – who go into the meeting hoping for a strong showing in front of a partisan Scottish crowd.

Fife racer Rory, the son of circuit owner Derek Butcher, will be competing on home soil in the BTCC for the second time having made his debut in the series in the corresponding meeting last year.

Having picked up a brace of top ten finishes on his first weekend in a touring car, Rory has gone on to establish himself as a regular contender for points and arrives at Knockhill on the back of his strongest weekend to date last time out at Rockingham.

Three top ten finishes included Rory matching his career best result of sixth, with the 31-year-old eager to try and maintain that form in what is sure to be his biggest meeting of the year.

Aberdeen team-mate Glynn enjoyed a solid debut in the MG6 GT at Rockingham having gone into his first weekend with the team without any prior testing in the car.

Showing gradual improvement across the weekend in terms of his pace on what was his first outing in front-wheel drive for some four year, Glynn will now hope to push on towards the points scoring positions at the circuit where he secured his best ever BTCC qualifying result on his last visit back in 2014.

Unlike his first meeting with the team, Glynn will go into the weekend without any additional ballast on his car and – like Rory – eager to make the most of the support of his home fans.

Rory Butcher, #6 AmD with AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Racing MG6 GT, said:
“I really can’t wait for the weekend to come around; I’m absolutely buzzing about it. Twelve months ago, my BTCC debut at Knockhill was very last minute and I was almost going in blind, but now I have twelve months of experience in the series under my belt and am in much better shape as a result.

“As the home driver, there will be a lot of expectation from people and it’s important that we don’t get carried away, but at the same time, I go into the weekend hoping to push for some really strong results on track.

“Because of how unique the Knockhill circuit is, I’m hopeful that my knowledge will help us to make a bit of a jump forwards which will then put us in a stronger position for the three races. Given that we have raced stronger than we have qualified all year, I think we’d then be well placed to pick up some really good results across the weekend.”

Glynn Geddie, #41 AmD with AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Racing MG6 GT, said:
“I’m going into the Knockhill meeting feeling as confident as I can be. We saw how close things were at Rockingham and I think it will be the same again this weekend so track position is really going to be key.

“If we can get a break in qualifying and put ourselves in a good position on the grid then I feel confident that I can then try and push forwards, as my race pace on my debut in the MG was good. The time I’ve now spent in the car can only help me as I have more knowledge and more of an idea of how it is going to react to changes, and also experience of the tyres.

“Whilst this will only be my second weekend in the car, I don’t see any reason why I can’t try and push for some points and that will be my aim when we hit the track.”

Shaun Hollamby, AmD with AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Racing team principal, said:
“This is without doubt the biggest weekend of the season for the MGs and we go to Knockhill hoping to challenge for some good results. Both Rory and Glynn will be able to count on huge support from the watching fans and hopefully we’ll be able to give them plenty of reason to cheer.

“For obvious reasons, Rory knows the circuit better than anyone else on the grid and we are confident that he will be able to use that knowledge to his advantage to build on the results he picked up at Rockingham.

“Glynn showed good pace in the car at Rockingham and performed strongly at Knockhill the last time he was competing in the BTCC. The aim for him has to be to maintain the progress he made on his debut to push towards the points. It would be great if we could see both drivers scoring in their home event and would set us up well for the final two meetings of the year.”

Massive thanks again to Marc Waller for the photography!

Triple top ten for AmD with AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Racing at Rockingham

Triple Points at Rockingham

The AmD with AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Racing team secured a hat-trick of top ten finishes from a strong weekend on track as the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship headed for Rockingham for the seventh round of the year.

The West Thurrock-based team was keen to bounce back from a tough weekend at Snetterton where a single top ten finish didn’t reflect the pace in the team’s MG6 GT, with all-Scottish driver pairing of Rory Butcher and Glynn Geddie keen to impress.

Fife racer Rory led the MG challenge in qualifying with the 20th best time, with the close nature of the grid being reflected by the fact that his time was just six-tenths of a second off pole position.

Come Sunday however, Rory was able to show the race pace in the car with a starring drive in the opening 18 lap encounter that saw him work his way through the field to take ninth spot on the very last lap.

Although he briefly dropped outside the top ten in the early stages of race two, Rory was soon fighting his way forwards once again and crossed the line in eighth spot which secured a second row start for the final race thanks to the reverse grid draw.

Running a strong second early on, Rory diced with championship leader Colin Turkington over third place before a small error at Deene saw him run wide and slip down to sixth spot, which is where he would ultimately finish for a third top ten result of the weekend.

Team-mate Glynn went into the weekend carrying an additional 45kg of ballast as a new entry and without any prior running in the car, which played a part in him qualifying in 30th place.

The Aberdeen racer ran well with the extra ballast in race one to finish 22nd and then repeated the result in race two after finding himself dicing on track with the Honda of Dan Cammish late on.

The former British GT champion briefly got himself up into the points in the early stages of race three but having been demoted back to 21st place, he brought the car in to retire as a precaution when a warning light appeared on the dashboard.

Rory Butcher, #6 AmD with AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Racing MG6 GT, said:
“I’m really pleased with how the weekend went and it was a good way for us to bounce back from the disappointment of not scoring at Snetterton. After such a tight qualifying session, I felt confident that we could race forwards as we have had a strong race car throughout the season – and that proved to be correct.

“It was all about making sure that we stayed out of trouble at the start of the races, particularly in the mixed conditions, but I think I drove well and felt in a good place going into race three. I was determined to try and get to the front early on but perhaps took a bit too much out of the tyres and was struggling for grip.

“It was a shame that we had the little trip off but if I’m being honest, I’m not sure if I would have been able to keep the three guys behind at bay because of the way our tyres dropped off. I’m not going to beat myself up about it because three top ten finishes is a great weekend for us and a nice boost going into my home round at Knockhill in a few weeks.”

Glynn Geddie, #41 AmD with AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Racing MG6 GT, said:
“I think it’s been a good weekend for me on my return to the series. Carrying ballast as a new entry was always going to make it tough, but I think we made good progress across the weekend.

“Race two in particular was good once we had the weight taken out, and the car was transformed from where we were in race one. I was able to push a lot more and made good progress in terms of my pace, which is something I can take a lot of confidence from considering how long it is since I last raced a front-wheel drive car.

“It’s unfortunate that the issue in race three cost me some track time but I’ve shown I can be competitive despite my lack of time in the car and I’m confident of pushing further forwards at Knockhill.”

Shaun Hollamby, AmD with AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Racing team principal, said:
“It’s been a great weekend for the MG side of the team. We showed strong pace throughout race day and the results we have picked up here are the kind of results we could have had at Snetterton with a bit more luck on our side.

“To pick up three top ten finishes is a fantastic performance for Rory, who has driven really well, and I think Glynn can also hold his head up high considering it was his first time in the car this weekend.

“He’s jumped in with no testing and been right in the mix which I think bodes well for us challenging for points for both cars when we go to Knockhill in a few weeks.”

Photo credit to Marc Waller!

Glynn Geddie joins AmD with AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Racing ahead of Rockingham

Glynn Geddie

The AmD with AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Racing team can today confirm the signing of former British GT Champion Glynn Geddie ahead of the seventh round of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship at Rockingham.

Glynn will form part of an all-Scottish line-up for the West Thurrock based team alongside Rory Butcher, and takes over at the wheel of the MG6 GT that secured a top ten finish in the hands of substitute driver Ant Whorton-Eales during the special Diamond Double meeting at Snetterton last month.

Aberdeen racer Glynn has enjoyed an impressive career to date having enjoyed championship success in multiple series through the years.

Winner of the Pro-Am2 and Pro-Am1 titles in consecutive seasons in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB, Glynn then moved to GT racing in 2011 as part of the Trackspeed assault on the GT3 class – taking four wins to finish second in the championship standings.

A switch to CRS Racing and Ferrari the following season however saw him secure the championship crown alongside father Jim, with the pair then picking up more silverware following a move into European competition with United Autosports – lifting the crown in the Benelux-based Supercar Challenge series in 2013.

Glynn then went on to spend a part-season in the BTCC in 2014 and has since raced in a range of different championships, most recently the Porsche GT3 Cup in the Middle East.

As a new entrant to the BTCC, the 28-year-old will carry 45kg of additional ballast on his MG6 GT through qualifying and the opening race of the weekend.

Fife-based team-mate Rory heads for Rockingham keen to bounce back from a tough weekend on track at Snetterton last time out, where an unfortunate mechanical issue and then multiple bouts of contact prevented him from adding to his points tally.

That meant he was unable to make the most of the impressive speed he had shown at the wheel of his MG6 throughout the opening half of the year, and he now hope to add to the ten points finishes he has secured already in his first full season in the series.

Rockingham marks the first circuit on the calendar where Rory has raced a BTCC car in the past, having been the scene of his second outing with the Motorbase team twelve months ago – with a 14th place finish in the final race being his best result.

This time around, the 31-year-old will hope to push towards the top ten to improve his position in both the Independents’ and Jack Sears Trophy standings.

Glynn Geddie, #41 AmD with AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Racing MG6 GT said:
“I raced in the Middle East over the winter and have been looking at the options available for a programme since then. I’d been speaking to Rory about the BTCC, and when the MG drive became available, it was at the right time for both my sponsors RAM Tubulars and I to try and sort a deal.

“I feel I have some unfinished business with the BTCC and it’s great to have a chance to return to the series. I know it will be a big learning curve as I haven’t raced a front-wheel drive car since my part-season in the Toyota, and I know it might take me a little longer to get back up to speed than if I was jumping into one of the rear-wheel drive sportscars I have raced for most of my career.

“Realistically, the Rockingham weekend will be a bit of a test for me ahead of a big weekend on home soil at Knockhill, but my aim is to work with Rory and the team to work my way forwards in each session and see how I get on.

“I’ve got to say thanks to Shaun and the team, as well as RCIB and AutoAid, for the chance to return to the BTCC and I can’t wait to get started.”

Rory Butcher, #6 AmD with AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Racing MG6 GT, said:
“Snetterton was a frustrating weekend for me as we had a real opportunity to score some good points and didn’t due to circumstances outside our control. But I have to just put that weekend behind me now and try and hope that luck will be more on our side at Rockingham.

“I’m going there feeling positive as I think it is a circuit that will suit the MG and I see no reason why we can’t look to challenge for some decent points finishes. It’s also the first circuit we’ll visit this season where I have raced a touring car before, which can only benefit me as I’ll have an idea of things like how the tyres are going to perform across the races.

“I have a good feeling about this weekend and it’s great to be going there as part of an all-Scottish driver line-up alongside Glynn. We’ve known each other for years and have raced each other a number of times, and I feel he will be a good addition to the team.”

Shaun Hollamby, AmD with AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Racing team principal, said:
“We’re pleased to welcome Glynn Geddie into the team and it’s great to have two Scottish drivers together in the team when we have the meeting at Knockhill coming up later in the month.

“Glynn is a driver who has enjoyed success in a range of championships during his career so far, and I feel confident that he will be able to challenge for some strong results when he gets up to speed in the MG. It will be tough for him this weekend at Rockingham with the extra weight and the fact it will be his first time in the car, so the focus is very much of maximising his track time to learn as much as possible.

“For Rory, there is no doubting that Snetterton was a disappointing weekend through no fault of his own, but we are confident that he can continue to push for points this weekend and secure some more strong results to add to those we have seen already this season.”

 

Picture with thanks to Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East