RORY BUTCHER is confident that better results will come for his Motorbase Performance team as the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship speeds towards the home straight.

The 33-year-old was back behind the wheel for rounds 19, 20 and 21 of the 2020 season at Croft, North Yorkshire, on Sunday two weeks after suffering what he described as the biggest crash of his career at Silverstone.

Having been sent into a barrel-roll after making contact with Halfords Yuasa Racing's Matt Neal, his Ford Focus suffered extensive damage – while he escaped injury – but was repaired in time for him to take his place on the grid at the weekend.

Butcher, seeking to maintain his challenge for the title, was 10th-quickest in qualifying and, in race one, made his way through the field.

Despite contact with the rear of championship leader Ash Sutton's Infiniti, the Fife race ace crossed the finish line in fourth place but was given a two-second penalty for gaining an unfair advantage in that incident, which led to him dropping to fifth.

During race two, he spun out of contention in the opening tour, leading to him finishing 19th, but managed to climb through the field to 11th during the final race of the weekend.

It leaves Butcher fifth in the standings on 209 points, 52 behind Sutton, with six rounds to go.

He will return to action at the Snetterton track in Norfolk over the weekend of October 24-25 and, reflecting on his efforts at Croft on his team's social media platforms, Butcher said: "It was not the weekend I was hoping for, especially after everyone's hard work getting the car back on the grid, but the main thing is we've got a car that's come back in one piece.

"We've not had the results we had anticipated but we (the team) scored points in every race and got a fastest lap as well so we've got a lot to be proud of.

"I think after race two, getting tagged and turned round, it was a steep hill to climb after that, starting back in 19th as it's just so hard to overtake. I had a good car underneath me but I just couldn't capitalise on it as I'd hoped.

"We'll move on to Snetterton and hopefully come away with a better result there.

"It's kind of not going our way but we've just got to keep doing the best we can and not focus on any of that stuff.

"Our good results will come."