Gary Butler brought the Stock Rods British Championship title home to Tullyroan Oval in our first season of running the class, after a commanding performance at the wheel of his brand new Vauxhall Corsa. The Dublin man could only 12th place on the grid, but surged through in a controversial final to land victory.
Lee Johnston had probably his best run ever in the qualifiers, with a second spot landing him on the outside of the front row for the British Final, with Derek McMillan another going great guns to grab third on the grid in such star studded company. An early stoppage in the final when Johnston had surged into the lead saw Lee, and others, harshly put to the back of the grid for not obeying the red flags. This left Englishman Tyler Collison in the lead, with McMillan tracking him every inch of the way, looking for a way past. Stuart Smyth was chasing hard too, with Butler coming like an absolute train from his lowly start.
It all got messy nearing the finish however, as leader Collison lost a wheel and a number of black crosses were shown. Smyth took the flag, but was demoted for blocking Butler leaving Gary to be crowned the 2013 British Champion. McMillan had to make do with fifth when it could have been so much higher, with Jonny Cardwell in sixth.
Congratulations Gary and all involved with Team Butler Racing. Always brilliant to see another championship winning trophy in Ballyboughal.