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Rory Butcher completes MG BTCC lineup

Wednesday, March 21 2018

Scottish racer Rory Butcher has signed to drive for the AmD-run MG squad for the 2018 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship season, which gets underway at Brands Hatch on 7/8 April.

Having raced for Motorbase in the second half of 2017, Rory will now embark on his first full season in the series with the West Thurrock-based outfit and will partner series returnee Tom Boardman in the second AmDtuning.com with AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Racing MG6 GT.

Following successful Porsche Carrera Cup GB and GT campaigns, the 31-year-old made his BTCC debut with Motorbase at home circuit Knockhill, replacing the injured Luke Davenport. He finished in the top ten twice on his debut at Knockhill and scored further points at Rockingham and Brands Hatch.

Having sampled the MG for the first time during a test at Snetterton, Rory is set for further pre-season running ahead of the opening rounds at Brands Hatch. The announcement means that just one seat remains vacant ahead of the season launch at Donington on 27 March. 

Butcher, who is the brother-in-law of triple BTCC champion Gordon Shedden, said: "My move into the BTCC last season was all a bit last minute and I was thrown in at the deep end for my debut on home soil at Knockhill, so I was determined to try and get a place on the grid this year to build on what I learned from the final four rounds of 2017 and to start building a long-term BTCC career.

"In January, it looked like it wasn't going to be possible but then I spoke to [team boss] Shaun Hollamby about the MG and with a lot of effort from the team and from my sponsors - who were eager to join me in the BTCC - we've been able to pull together a deal, which I'm absolutely delighted about.

 "The BTCC is such a strong series, particularly this season, that it is hard to make too many predictions about what we can expect to achieve, but the team has shown what it can do in recent seasons and my goal is to regularly fight inside the points and push for some strong results as the season goes on."

Hollamby said: "Since announcing the MG programme, a huge amount of work has gone into preparing and updating the cars and bringing in the drivers is the final piece of the jigsaw.

"Rory is a driver who we have been talking to for some time, and we are delighted to have concluded a deal for 2018. His career record speaks for itself, and the way he performed last year when he joined the grid in difficult circumstances was hugely impressive. I'm confident that in Rory and Tom, we have a pairing that is capable of picking up some really strong results on track."

Tickets for the BTCC at Brands Hatch on 7/8 April available from £28, with free entry for under-13s. For more information call 0843 453 9000 or click here.