Rory Butcher will return to Motorbase Performance as the Kent-based team announced the signing of their second driver for the 2020 BTCC campaign. Butcher will drive a Motorbase-built Ford Focus RS.
Butcher, who made his BTCC debut with Motorbase in 2017 has spent the last two seasons at AmD Tuning and is the reigning independent driver’s champion, after winning the title in the final race of the 2019 season at Brands Hatch GP.
The 32-year old Scot also finished 5th in the overall driver’s standings last season, taking his maiden race win along with two others including a popular home victory at Knockhill. Whilst targeting a defence of his independent driver’s title in 2020, Butcher was optimistic about further progress and has his sights set firmly on the overall championship.
“There are some very exciting plans for the 2020 season,” said Butcher “and to be in on the ground floor of those developments really motivates me. I have tasted glory in the Independents Trophy, which was a huge achievement, but my sights are set higher. I want more wins, and the overall championship is my aim.”
Butcher was keen to continue learning and developing in 2020, and build on what has been a promising start to his BTCC career.
He continued “I know that I might not have the touring car experience of some of the guys out there but I am working relentlessly to absorb all the information I can and push myself, and Motorbase, forward to go for the biggest prizes we can reach.”
Motorbase Performance Team Principal David Bartrum was delighted to see Butcher return for the team, after initially giving the Scot his BTCC debut.
Bartrum said “I’m delighted to welcome Rory back for 2020. We have worked with Rory in GTs in the past and saw his abilities then which lead to us giving him his BTCC debut in 2017.
We’ve obviously kept a very close eye on his progression since then. Over the last two seasons, he’s learnt a lot and has matured into a driver capable of a championship challenge.”
Bartrum was optimistic about Motorbases chances of success in 2020 and confident that in Ollie Jackson and the re-signed Butcher, the team had all the ingredients for success.
“With Ollie and Rory, we have a great pairing to work with and we’re confident going into the new season,” he continued. “I have quoted on a couple of occasions that Rory was only ever ‘on loan’ and would be back with us one day.
This year that has proven to be the case and we’re all ready to put the hard work in to make 2020 a great season for Motorbase.”
Rory Butcher will be in action at the first round of the 2020 BTCC season on the 28th/29th March at Donington Park.