Butcher Storms To Knockhill Pole

Rory Butcher dominated on Saturday at Knockhill. Image thanks to BTCC.

Home hero Rory Butcher took his first BTCC pole position on a day of dominance at Knockhill, where he also topped both practice sessions. Butcher’s qualifying lap of 50.451s meant a new qualifying lap record was set as he edged 2018 pole-sitter Dan Cammish into second place. 

Championship top-two Colin Turkington and Andrew Jordan qualified 6th and 3rd respectively, with damage limitation in heavy cars the priority for qualifying on Saturday. Both were pleased with the result and will be split by Tom Chilton and Senna Proctor.

Josh Cook, who sits 4th in the championship ahead of Sunday’s action at Knockhill struggled in qualifying, finishing down in 20th. Cook faces a stern uphill challenge to progress to a good reverse grid draw slot for race three on Sunday.

After claiming his first-ever BTCC pole, AmD Tuning driver Butcher said “What a special pole position in front of my friends and family and on my home track. 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.”

BTCC Knockhill Qualifying Results 

Rory BUTCHER (GBR) Cobra Sport AmD AutoAid/RCIB Insurance 50.451s (90.40mph)

2 Dan CAMMISH (GBR) Halfords Yuasa Racing +0.243s

3 Andrew JORDAN (GBR) BMW Pirtek Racing +0.303s

Tom CHILTON (GBR) Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher +0.349s

Senna PROCTOR (GBR) Adrian Flux Subaru Racing +0.399s

6 Colin TURKINGTON (GBR) Team BMW +0.403s

7 Tom OLIPHANT (GBR) Team BMW +0.408s

8 Adam MORGAN (GBR) Mac Tools with Ciceley Motorsport +0.412s

Chris SMILEY (GBR) BTC Racing +0.414s

10 Matt NEAL (GBR) Halfords Yuasa Racing +0.418s

11 Tom INGRAM (GBR) Team Toyota GB with Ginsters +0.440s

12 Aiden MOFFAT (GBR) Laser Tools Racing +0.503s

13 Stephen JELLEY (GBR) Team Parker Racing +0.521s

14 Ashley SUTTON (GBR) Adrian Flux Subaru Racing +0.559s

15 Jason PLATO (GBR) Sterling Insurance with Power Maxed Racing +0.566s

16 Mike BUSHELL (GBR) Cobra Sport AmD AutoAid/RCIB Insurance +0.595s

17 Jake HILL (GBR) TradePriceCars.com +0.603s

18 Ollie JACKSON (GBR) Team Shredded Wheat Racing with Gallagher +0.725s

19 Daniel ROWBOTTOM (GBR) Cataclean Racing with Ciceley Motorsport +0.759s

20 Josh COOK (GBR) BTC Racing +0.764s

21 Matt SIMPSON (GBR) Simpson Racing +0.822s

22 Rob COLLARD (GBR) Sterling Insurance with Power Maxed Racing +0.971s

23 Bobby THOMPSON (GBR) GKR Scaffolding with Autobrite Direct +1.006s

24 Carl BOARDLEY (GBR) RCIB Insurance with Fox Transport +1.153s

25 Jack GOFF (GBR) RCIB Insurance with Fox Transport +1.169s

26 Michael CREES (GBR) GKR Scaffolding with Autobrite Direct +1.190s

27 Nicolas HAMILTON (GBR) ROKiT Racing with Motorbase +1.428s

28 Rob SMITH (GBR) Excelr8 Motorsport +1.558s

29 Sam OSBORNE (GBR) Excelr8 Motorsport +1.786s

30 Mark BLUNDELL (GBR) TradePriceCars.com +2.486s

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