Butcher win under investigation in red-flagged R3

On his home circuit, Butcher dominated the race in his Motorbase Performance Ford Focus ST, but the victory is under threat as an alleged false start is being investigated following the finish.

Butcher was 10th in race two following an incident with Jake Hill, so was carrying just 6kg of success ballast on the rapid Focus. He got the better of poleman Senna Proctor’s Excelr8 Motorsport Hyundai i30 at the start, but had to do it all over again as a massive midfield crash on the second lap caused a red flag.

At the restart, there were suspicions that Butcher crept forward before stopping, and then he once more launched ahead of Proctor on the run to the first turn. Butcher gradually extended an advantage in the shortened 20-lap contest, while Proctor did a very solid job to equal the new-for-2020 Hyundai’s best result of second, albeit 6.442 seconds adrift of the flying Ford.

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“I’ve had quite a difficult day,” said Butcher. “In race one I made up one place to finish fifth, which was good, but in race two I wasn’t really proud of my performance there because I overdrove. I had to sit down and reset, and I was confident I could lead it into Turn 1.”

Of the alleged false start, Butcher said: “I’m not exactly sure why.”

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