Rory Butcher began his stint with Toyota Gazoo Racing UK with their testing marketing campaign beginning this previous week at Oulton Park, Donington Park and Snetterton after the covers got here off of their Corolla challenger.
Butcher had his first run within the automotive throughout this stint and was impressed with the begin to testing forward of the 2021 British Touring Automobile Championship season and with the ability to get again into the groove.
“It felt nice to return to a circuit for the primary time shortly and to get my ‘race head’ again on. I all the time do lots of preparation and coaching at house, however there’s nothing like truly arriving on the monitor and knuckling right down to work, and to profit from a correct block of check days to actually get a really feel for the Corolla was splendid,” stated Butcher.
“Donington was successfully a shakedown that fairly rapidly developed right into a extra severe check session. We have been in a position to make finer changes to the set-up within the afternoon and find out how the automotive reacts to them, and I received to grasp a bit extra about how the staff operates and begin constructing an actual rapport with my engineer and the entire Speedworks crew.
“I’m fairly lucky in that that is the fifth automotive I’ve pushed within the BTCC in lower than 4 years, and I feel that prior expertise unquestionably helps. I do know what a great automotive seems like and I do know what a foul automotive seems like and I’ve received to say, the Corolla could be very confidence-inspiring, which inspired me to push the boundaries and take dangers sooner than I had been anticipating, with out fearing that it could punish me once I requested for somewhat bit extra. That’s precisely what I need out of a automotive.
“The Corolla gave me all the proper suggestions and undoubtedly lived as much as my expectations, and after simply my first few laps at Snetterton, I got here again in and stated, ‘there’s actually not so much I’d change’ – it truthfully felt that good. I got here away feeling fairly buoyant, and I genuinely assume we’re in a really sturdy place in the meanwhile.”