AmD Tuning driver Rory Butcher enjoyed a sensational final weekend of the 2019 BTCC season to leave Brands Hatch with both the Independent drivers and Jack Sears Trophy titles.
After qualifying 5th on the grid for race one, Butcher lead for periods of the first race until Dan Cammish’s charge through the field, and Matt Neal and Tom Chilton’s wet tyre run left him in fourth come the checkered flag. His biggest rival for the Independent driver’s title Josh Cook failed to finish the race, providing a vital lifeline to Butcher in his fight for the title.
Race two saw Butcher survive an eventful first lap of the Brands Hatch GP circuit. Forced to take avoiding action and leave the track when two cars ahead came together, Butcher fell outside of the top ten and fought back to 9th by the checkered flag. Title rival Cook finished in 13th, and the gap between the two was just one point heading into the final race of the season.
Jack Sears Trophy challenger Tom Oliphant was eliminated from the race in an accident at Paddock Hill Bend on the opening lap. His DNF handed Butcher his first title of the day as he won the Jack Sears Trophy.
Butcher would finish race three in 2nd place, chasing down race leader Jason Plato in the closing laps. The podium finish secured Butcher the Independent driver’s title and was his sixth piece of silverware of the season. He finished the campaign sitting on 401 points in the Independent’s table, 2 points ahead of Cook on 399.
Butcher would end the 2019 campaign with 3 race wins, 2 seconds and 1 third-place finish.
Reflecting on a stunning campaign which was only his second full season in British Touring Cars, Butcher said “It has been an unbelievable year and I can’t put it into words. This is such a competitive series but the team have put such a great package together”
The Honda Civic driver was a front runner all season, consistently challenging at the head of the field. He also ended the season 5th in the overall driver’s standings, 54 points off 1st.
Butcher continued “We’ve ended up with both Independents’ cups and the Jack Sears Trophy, as well as a top-five in the overall standings – we’ve reached all of our targets and the plan is to come back and challenge for overall honours again next season. There have been some ups and downs, and some weekends have been better than others, but this has been the best one yet.”
Butcher’s team, Cobra Sport AmD with AutoAid RCIB Insurance Racing also wrapped up the Independent team’s championship.