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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

AmD with AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Racing takes top ten from tough Snetterton weekend

ant whorton eales rcib debut

he AmD with AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Racing team salvaged a top ten finish from a tough weekend on track as the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship season resumed at Snetterton.

The West Thurrock-based team headed for the Norfolk circuit keen to push for strong points, with regular racer Rory Butcher being joined by Ant Whorton-Eales for the special Diamond Double meeting – which featured an extended third race offering double points.

Qualifying saw Fife racer Rory leading the team’s challenge as he put his MG6 GT in 18th place on the grid for the opening race of the weekend before setting the 21st best time in a shorter second session used to determine the grid for race three.

A strong opening lap in a wet first race saw Rory rocket up into eleventh spot and it appeared that a good result was on the cards only for alternator failure to suddenly slow the car and force him into retirement.

That left Rory near the rear of the field for race two, but he fought hard to make his way through to the fringes of the points before contact on track forced him into an unscheduled pitstop – dropping him off the lead lap and leaving him to finish in 23rd.

Eager to try and recover points in race three, Rory’s weekend would unfortunately end in disappointing fashion when he was forced off track on the opening lap of the Diamond Double race and once again failed to make the finish.

Team-mate Ant went into the weekend with no prior time at the wheel of the MG6 and carrying 45kg of ballast as a new entry, which played a part in him qualifying 30th for race one.  Without ballast in second qualifying, he posted the 29th best time on the grid for race three.

A solid opening race saw the Lichfield racer battle his way into the top 20 before late contact caused a puncture that dropped him back down to 23rd place.

Race two however in changeable conditions allowed Ant to showcase his talents with a fine drive through the field to take tenth spot and a well-earned points finish.

The revised weekend schedule meant no opportunity to benefit from the reverse grid for race three, with Ant instead left to try and carve his way through the field again in the double length finale and having climbed as high as 13th as part of a huge midfield battle, he would end the race just half a second outside the points in 16th place.

Rory Butcher, #6 AmD with AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Racing MG6 GT, said:
“It’s been a frustrating weekend for me that promised a lot. In both the wet and mixed conditions we clearly had a quick car but we haven’t been able to bring home the results. In race one, I had a mega start and I’m sure that without the issue that developed, I could have picked off the guys ahead and finished well inside the top ten.

“Race two was one of those where there was a lot of contact in the pack and I got caught out by the two cars ahead suddenly braking early into one of the corners and I couldn’t avoid a front-to-rear impact. They happen all the time but unfortunately it dislodged the air intake so I had to pit.

“As for race three, my whole aim was to stay out of trouble in the early stages and instead I found myself being fired off on the opening lap, which is difficult to take when the race is such a long one. We just have to put this one behind us, stay positive and make sure we come out fighting at Rockingham.”

Ant Whorton-Eales, #10 AmD with AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Racing MG6 GT, said:
“It’s been a really good weekend and I’m really pleased to come away from Snetterton with a points finish. The start of the weekend was a bit of a struggle because of the weight we had to carry and the lack of time in the car, but we kept making improvements and then the conditions worked in our favour on race day.

“We had a decent car in the wet in race one but couldn’t get the result because of contact, and in the changing conditions in race two it was great to fight our way through to tenth – it’s just a shame there was no reverse grid this time!

“In race three I tried to take it easy on the tyres early on so that I could push in the later stages but the performance dropped away and it became quite frustrating because of the way that affected the handling. It’s a shame to miss out on the points but it was a good weekend as a whole and thanks to Shaun and the team for trusting me to come in and do a job.”

Shaun Hollamby, AmD with AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Racing team principal, said:
“It’s been a weekend of ups and downs for the MGs this weekend. Rory has been extremely unlucky because he had the pace to pick up three strong results on race day and instead has come away with nothing to show for his efforts.

“Ant has done a fantastic job for us as a late substitute this weekend and to bring home a top ten finish when he hadn’t even driven the car before was brilliant. He picked up where he left off when he finished last season with the Audi and based on how he performed on track, I’m sure he would do a great job if he was to return to the BTCC full-time in 2019.”

Picture thanks to Marc Waller.

New look AmD with AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Racing line-up readies for Snetterton challenge

Ant Whorton-Eales

The AmD with AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Racing team will debut a new look driver line-up when the 2018 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship season resumes this weekend at Snetterton.

The West Thurrock-based outfit will welcome Lichfield-based racer Ant Whorton-Eales back into the fold for the sixth meeting of the campaign after he agreed a deal to rejoin the team as partner to Fife racer Rory Butcher.

Ant raced for the team last season in an Audi S3, taking a best finish of sixth having graduated into the BTCC as winner of the Renault Clio Cup UK.

This season, the 24-year-old has switched to the MINI Challenge, where he currently heads the championship standings following a third win of the year in the most recent event at Oulton Park.

As a new entry to the championship, Ant will run with 45kg of success ballast on his car.

Team-mate Rory has been one of the most impressive performers on track this year having regularly challenged for points in his first full season in the series.

Rory currently sits inside the top ten in the Independents’ championship and lies second in the Jack Sears Trophy for drivers who have yet to score an outright podium.

The Scottish star will look to build on the progress made during the recent Snetterton test to push towards the top ten, with three strong results being the target across the weekend.

In a change to the norm, the final race of the weekend this weekend will take on a new format as part of the BTCC’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

Race three will run to double the normal length and will all cars will run as base weight without any additional success ballast in place.

A separate qualifying session on Saturday will determine the starting positions, with double points being awarded.

Rory Butcher, #6 AmD with AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Racing MG6 GT, said:
“It’s been a hectic summer break for me and I can’t wait to get back behind the wheel this weekend at Snetterton. I’m feeling really good and I feel we go into the second half of the season in a good position after the two-day test earlier this month gave us the chance to try out a few things with the car.

“We now have a better understanding of a few things that we need to fine tune when we get to the circuit ahead of what promises to be an exciting weekend with the special Diamond Double race. It’s certainly going to make things interesting on track with the additional points on offer, and I think it will come down to who can get their car set-up best for the conditions to maximise the performance of the tyres.

“From a team perspective, it’s great to welcome Ant into the fold and hopefully we can work together to pick up some good results during the weekend ahead.”

Ant Whorton-Eales, #10 AmD with AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Racing MG6 GT, said:
“I was really interested in taking part in the Snetterton weekend with the special Diamond Double race, and it’s great that we’ve been able to do a deal with Shaun to race the MG. It’s a bit of a last minute thing and I know that it will be a huge challenge, but I’m really looking forward to it and I have to say thanks to Shaun and to both AutoAid and RCIB Insurance for the opportunity.

“I’ve never even sat in the MG and having got used to racing the MINI this season, it will take me a bit of time to get back up to speed in a touring car but I’m hopeful we can have a decent weekend on track.

“It’s hard to make any predictions in terms of what to expect results wise, so I’m just going to go out there, enjoy myself and see what happens. If I can get somewhere close to Rory then I think it’ll be a job well done.”

Shaun Hollamby, AmD with AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Racing team principal, said:
“We’ve had a busy summer period after the changes we decided to make to the MG programme and we’re delighted to be able to welcome Ant back into the AmD fold this weekend. We know what he is capable of from our time working together last season and even though he will be driving the MG for the first time, we are confident he can do a good job on track.

“We’re sure that Ant and Rory will work well together as a team and we head back to Snetterton after the recent test in confident mood.  The double points race means there is a good opportunity to put a big score on the board this weekend and there is no reason why both drivers can’t be right in the mix for a points finish.”

Photo Credit: Marc Waller.

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.