ELMS ace Butcher joins Beechdean for Bri­tish GT fi­nale

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Euro­pean Le Mans Se­ries fron­trun­ner Rory Butcher will make a one-off re­turn to the Bri­tish GT Cham­pi­onship with the Beechdean AMR team.

Butcher has been drafted in by team head and reign­ing cham­pion An­drew Howard to deputise for Ross Gunn, who has been loaned back to the team’s GT4 en­try to help Jack Bartholomew’s ti­tle bid ( see page 13 13).

Butcher fin­ished fourth in Bri­tish GT last year with Mo­tor­base, but has since moved to Euro­pean com­pe­ti­tion with the JMW Fer­rari 458 GTE team and is lead­ing the ELMS GTE Driv­ers’ points along­side team-mates Robert Smith and An­drea Ber­tolini.

“It’ll be great to be back in Bri­tish GT,” said Scots­man Butcher. “I got the of­fer to join An­drew and couldn’t turn it down.

“I know the As­ton Martin Van­tage very well, hav­ing done two years in it pre­vi­ously be­fore mov­ing to the Fer­rari GTE. There are a few things I’ll have to get used to again, such as the dif­fer­ent driv­ing dy­nam­ics of hav­ing a front-en­gined car against the mi­dengined Fer­rari, but I’m sure I’ll adapt fast.

“It’s good to get my name back out there in Bri­tish GT, and I’d love to do some more in Bri­tain next sea­son along­side Euro­pean rac­ing.”

Butcher (left) will share Howard’s As­ton Martin

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