Rallyday has a long a storied history and has played a central role in bringing some of rallying's most incredible cars and most talented drivers to the UK, yet the beloved Wiltshire event has recently turned its hand to something altogether tricker, supporting the careers of up and coming young rally drivers. Last year saw the UK's premier motorsport show team up with Cameron Davies, while 2017 sees the iconic Castle Combe show join forces with William Butler, a highly talented youngster currently driving a Flipstick Motorsport prepared and run Fiesta R2 in the D-Mack Estonian Junior Rally Championship.
The need to encourage up and coming British rally talent is something that Rallyday's organisational team have been aware of for some time now, and the last few years have seen the show really step up its efforts in this respect. William Butler might not yet be a household motorsport name in the vein of Messrs McRae and Burns, yet he most certainly has the speed to go far in the cut-throat world of motorsport and has already displayed his latent talent many times over, hence why for the remainder of the year his Fiesta R2 will sport Rallyday branding.
Contesting the D-Mack Estonian Junior Rally Championship might at first glance seem like an odd move for a British driver in a British team, yet it makes a lot of sense when you realise how hotly contested the Estonian series actually is, not to mention how much variety there is from round to round. Rallyday isn't the only new addition to the Flipstick Fiesta this year, as 2017 sees Will with an all new Co-Driver, the highly regarded and hugely experienced Aaron Johnstone, a pairing that will hopefully lead to much success as they learn to work together.
William Butler has already contested the first round of the Estonian Junior Rally Championship, the snow-bound Aluksne Rally which took place back in January, and is therefore one of the trickiest events on the calendar – especially for a Brit more accustomed to gravel and the odd bit of tarmac! He ultimately battled through the slippery conditions to finish a very respectable 4th in the R2 class and 21st overall. The championship contains a further 5 rounds scattered across the year and takes in some of Estonia's most challenging roads and a smattering of different surfaces. It's a stern test for any rally driver, not to mention one still finding his way in the sport like Butler, though he's already proved he has the pace to succeed.
Rallyday's association with William Butler and Flipstick Motorsport will see the show's iconic branding grace the latter's Fiesta R2, and will also ensure that both car and driver attend the legendary show, a move which will no doubt please the many thousands of passionate rally fans who make the pilgrimage to Castle Combe every September. They'll get the chance to see William putting the R2 through its paces at various points throughout the day, and we've little doubt that he'll make full use of Rallyday's specially created super special stage.
Everyone at Castle Combe would like to wish William, Aaron and everyone else at Flipstick Motorsport the best of the luck for the rest of the Estonian Junior Rally Championship, and look forward to welcoming the team to Rallyday on Saturday 23rd of September.
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