After an impressive showing in the Lamborghini Super Trofeo Europe series, Jack Butel returned to British GT action for the season finale at Donington Park. After a torrid season, the Jerseyman was keen to make amends, as he drove for a solid result to end the year on a high.
After a strong showing in Free Practice 1 and Free Practice 2, Butel and Irish teammate Connor O’Brien looked to put their Optimum Motorsport Aston Martin GT4 car as high up the grid as possible. Despite intermittent power-steering issues, the pair managed to qualify the British sports car in 13th place out of 22 runners.
However, 13 was most certainly to be unlucky for the Channel Islander as the race was to be no better. With the power-steering now rearing its ugly head, the Prodrive Aston Martin became a heavy machine to wrestle around the undulating Donington circuit. Butel wrung the neck of the sports car as he tried to work around the problem. At the end of his stint, he handed the car to O’Brien who was to also hustle the wounded Aston Martin. O’Brien with 27 laps to go went wide across the grass and went to rejoin the circuit – unfortunately making contact with a fellow competitor, putting them both out of the race – a cruel end to a disappointing season.
Jack Butel Said:
“I think this weekend just summed up the season, we just didn’t have the rub of the green. Our qualifying could have been better but in the races, we never really got a chance to show what we could do as racing incidents or mechanical problems, held us back which is gutting.
“Despite this, I have learnt so much as a driver in and out of the car. I have learnt how to develop a car, work around problems and feedback to the engineers with detailed analysis. I don’t think the season is over for us, as after the Lamborghini drive we are looking at a few drives off the back of it. It will be good to get out again and get more miles under the belt ahead of next season.”