Greystoke or­der

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Gary Tomlinson is the top seed for this week­end’s Greystoke Stages Rally. Tomlinson, who will be co-driven by Manx cham­pi­onship­win­ning driver Ar­ron Newby, heads the sim­i­lar Subaru Im­preza of Phil and Si­mon Pickard, while historic aces Steve Ban­nis­ter (Ford Es­cort Mk2) and Matthew Robin­son (Fiat 131) com­plete the top four.

strides in its hy­brid power and ef­fi­ciency, it still lacks the grunt of the Mercedes and Fer­rari units.

While the strong base chas­sis of the MP4-31 will be of ben­e­fit at a track with heavy lat­eral load­ing like Sil­ver­stone, any lack of power will be shown up on the long straights.

“We beat the Wil­liams on sheer pace [in Aus­tria] and I think we did a great job on strat­egy,” adds But­ton. “We re­ally got the max­i­mum from ev­ery­thing. Through every ses­sion we’d been im­prov­ing; every run we did, we made the car bet­ter and bet­ter. But we have to know that we’re not headed to Sil­ver­stone expecting to be in this po­si­tion.

“That [P6 in Aus­tria] was as good as it was go­ing to get. All the cars that fin­ished in front of us were much quicker, so I’m amazed we kept them be­hind at the start. But things like traf­fic are tough be­cause we don’t have the straight-line speed to over­take. In the mid­dle of the straight other cars just tend to dis­ap­pear. I can catch them at the end of the straight but in the mid­dle they are just so strong. But it was good be­ing back in the fight again.

“I don’t ap­proach this Bri­tish GP think­ing it will be my last, there’s no point in do­ing that. Then I’d have to go through all those emo­tions again if it wasn’t and I came back with a fresh con­tract next sea­son. Then again it would be a shame if this week­end was my last and I didn’t think it would be. I’m just go­ing to go into the week­end like any other race, be ex­cited and try to do the best job I can and try to put the emo­tions out of the equa­tion.” ■

Bri­tish fans have al­ways given But­ton huge sup­port, es­pe­cially dur­ing emo­tional 2014 race

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