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DRIVER NEWS 12 OCTOBER, 2015 – The dramatic and highly charged MSA Formula single-seater series came to a close at Brands Hatch last weekend (10/11 October). After his best showing this season at Silverstone last time out, Jersey racing driver Jack Butel secured further strong results in the highly competitive FIA certified championship – recording 12th, 17th and 14th. This allowed Butel to claim a top 20 championship position in his first year in the Ford EcoBoost-powered formula.
In the previous round at Silverstone, Butel had his best weekend to date as he chalked an impressive sixth overall at the home of British motorsport. Two weeks on and Jack faced his biggest challenge of the season – the daunting Brands Hatch Grand prix layout.
On the Saturday Butel notched up 17th on the grid for qualifying ahead of the first race of the day. Aboard his JHR prepared machine the 19-year-old made one of his position-gaining trademark starts as the lights went out at the start of race one. Steering clear of trouble once again he settled for 12th at the fall of the flag.
Race two brought Jack 17th in a difficult contest. In Sunday’s final race of the weekend, from the ninth row of the grid, Butel rocketed off the start line and overtook several rivals within the first few laps. The St Saviour resident used his mature head to pounce on others’ mistakes as he found himself in 14th as the clock hit zero for the final time this season.
“I had never driven the Grand Prix part of the circuit before and it certainly takes time to get used to,” said Jack. “My objective for the final meeting was to gain experience and data for next year and complete every race, and we did just that. I fell in love with the circuit by the end of the weekend. It is just incredible; so many fast corners which if you get right puts a massive smile on your face.
“My first season in the MSA Formula Championship has gone well. From mid season it all clicked and I felt comfortable fighting towards the sharp end of the field and we hope to be back fighting towards the front more often in 2016.”