Scots motorsport aces on top form


SCOTTISH racers enjoyed a raft of podium finishes as fans were thrilled by a feast of motorsport last weekend.

Among the most impressive was Fife’s Rory Butcher in his Toyota Gazoo Racing UK Corolla in the British Touring Car Championship at Silverstone.

The Knockhill-based driver topped both free practice sessions and qualifying on Saturday, before going on to comfortably win the first two races on Sunday.

Butcher said: “We’ve almost had a clean sweep this weekend! Race one was just an enjoyable race, it was fantastic.



Jonny Adam in the GT World Challenge Europe Sprint Cup in Valencia
Jonny Adam in the GT World Challenge Europe Sprint Cup in Valencia

“Things were tougher with a whole chunk of ballast on board in race two, but the team managed to get the Corolla into such a good window, and I was amazed by how the car handled.

“They’ve given me such a fantastic car over the last few weekends, and it was great to be able to reward them for everybody’s hard work. We’re not going to stop pushing. We’re going to keep trying to find more time from both me and the car.”

Dalkeith’s Aiden Moffat also enjoyed a handsome points haul on board his Laser Tools Racing Infiniti Q50, with fourth, fifth and seventh place finishes.

Overseas, Kirkcaldy’s Jonny Adam and his Garage 59 team-mate Alex West had mixed fortunes in the final round of the GT World Challenge Europe Sprint Cup.



Co-pilot Stuart Loudon helped Matthew Wilson finish third in the Trackrod Rally in Yorkshire
Co-pilot Stuart Loudon helped Matthew Wilson finish third in the Trackrod Rally in Yorkshire

The first race in Valencia saw West forced to retire in an incident in the first lap on board their Aston Martin Vantage – ending their hopes of winning the Pro-Am title.

But the pair bounced back to claim a fine second place in the Pro-Am class in Race 2 at the Spanish circuit. Afterwards, Adam said: “What happened in Race 1 was so disappointing. Alex was going really well and just got taken out.

“It took a massive effort from the team to get the Vantage repaired in time for Race 2 so it was great to be able to reward them with a trophy.

“We’ve had seven out of 10 possible Sprint Cup podiums this year, which shows how far Alex has come as this was his first season of sprint racing.”



Tarran Mackenzie in action at Oulton Park in the British Superbike Championship
Tarran Mackenzie in action at Oulton Park in the British Superbike Championship

There were also two podium finishes for Scots in the British Rally Championship visit to Yorkshire for the Trackrod Rally. Lanarkshire co-pilot Stuart Loudon helped Matthew Wilson secure third place in their M-Sport Ford Fiesta Rally2.

The National Rally Title battle was all set to go the way of Borders ace Garry Pearson and Niall Burns, who opened an early lead of more than 40 seconds in their Skoda Fabia. But dust and turbo issues on the last stage dropped them back to third place.

On two wheels, Scot Tarran Mackenzie managed to take a slender lead in the British Superbike Championship over his McAMS Yamaha team-mate Jason O’Halloran.

The latter crashed out of the first Showdown encounter at Oulton Park but Mackenzie was able to snatch the lead and take the flag on the last lap.



The British Rallycross Championship visit to Knockhill
The British Rallycross Championship visit to Knockhill

In the second race at the Cheshire circuit, O’Halloran was able to finish second, with Mackenzie just 0.030 seconds behind in third.

Race 3 ended in disappointment, as O’Halloran crashed again and Mackenzie was handed a post-race time penalty demoting him from third to fifth.

But the 25-year-old Scot now tops the standings by just two points over his team-mate ahead of three races at Donington Park this weekend.

He said: “I’ve had three strong races at Oulton, which I didn’t expect as my hand is still broken, so to come out championship leader is amazing.



The British Rallycross Championship visit to Knockhill
The British Rallycross Championship visit to Knockhill

“We go to Donington and Brands Hatch now, two tracks that I really love and have won at before, so we’ll look to end the season on a high.”

Knockhill, meanwhile, was playing host to thrilling British Rallycross Championship action with all manner of cars taking part in a range of classes.

Saturday saw close racing throughout the day and Latvian Roberts Vitols claimed victory in the headline Supercar class in his Citroen DS3.

Sunday’s contest was one of fire, drama and attrition, with Ford Fiesta driver Derek Tohill taking the spoils after a dominant performance.



The 2021 Arbroath Stages Rally
The 2021 Arbroath Stages Rally

Further north, Alistair Inglis, with David Coutts on the notes, easily won the Arbroath Stages – part of the Scottish Tarmack Rally Championship.

Their Ford Fiesta R5 finished the 40-mile event 24 seconds clear of Alistair’s son, Greg Inglis, and co-driver Ian Parker in their Lotus Exige. Rounding out the podium line-up were Peugeot 206 duo Des Campbell and Craig Forsyth after a storming performance.

This weekend, Dumfriesshire’s Ross Wylie will link up with Paul Bailey hoping to clinch the GTO crown in the final rounds of the 2021 GT Cup.

They’ll be racing the latter’s McLaren MP4-12C Can Am at Snetterton in Norfolk. It follows Wylie’s two top 10 finishes in the Porsche Carrera Cup at Silverstone last weekend.



The 2021 Arbroath Stages Rally
The 2021 Arbroath Stages Rally





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