AmD chasing change in fortunes after rough run at Croft
The Cobra Sport AmD with AutoAid/RCIB Insurance Racing team worked hard to recover from a difficult qualifying session and score more solid points from the latest rounds of the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship at Croft, but the Essex-based outfit will be looking for improvements at Oulton Park.
Going into the weekend as joint standings leader, race one saw Rory Butcher fight hard on track, working his way up to 18th place after starting in 29th place due to an accident in qualifying.
Battling towards the top ten in race two, Butcher was well placed to get into a position to potentially benefit from the reverse grid draw before contact compromised his line at the hairpin.
The end result was a 14th place finish, but a determined Butcher fought hard with the BMWs of Colin Turkington and Andrew Jordan to eventually cross the line in seventh for the final race.
From 26th on the grid in race one, team-mate Sam Tordoff showed the pace in the Honda to race forwards into the points before contact with Proctor at the hairpin dropped him back down the pack; with a further trip across the grass leading to a pit stop that saw him cross the line 23rd.
Fighting back to 15th place in race two, Tordoff would end the weekend with 13th in race three to secure two points finishes.
“To see both drivers score points rewarded the team for their hard work,” said Team Principal Shaun Hollamby. “We’re looking forward to Oulton Park where we’re confident that the Hondas will shine!”
“I have to say a huge thank you to the team for getting the car fixed for race day after what happened in qualifying as it was a big hit,” said Butcher. “We did well on the wets and to make up seven spots and fight with Turkington and Jordan shows how competitive we are. It’s nice to pushing guys like that as a circuit where the BMW is so strong and hopefully at Oulton Park we’ll have a bit more luck.”
“When you don’t qualify well, it can be hard to come back from it and sadly that proved to be the case for us this weekend,” reflected Tordoff. “It’s been difficult again for me this weekend and hopefully my luck will turn at Oulton Park.”