GEDDIE SEALS 2ND IN BRITISH GT BRDC Rising Star Glynn Geddie secured 2nd place in the 2010 Avon Tyres British GT Championship as the 13th and final round of the season took place in a twilight setting at Donington Park on Saturday. With ...
GEDDIE SEALS 2ND IN BRITISH GT
BRDC Rising Star Glynn Geddie secured 2nd place in the 2010 Avon Tyres British GT Championship as the 13th and final round of the season took place in a twilight setting at Donington Park on Saturday.
With Trackspeed co-driver David Ashburn already having claimed the championship title at Brands Hatch three weeks ago, Apex Tubulars-backed Geddie came to the Derbyshire circuit two points clear of championship challengers Matt Griffin and Duncan Cameron in their MTECH Ferrari. Essentially, all Geddie and Ashburn needed to do was to make sure their Porsche 997 GT3R crossed the line ahead of their rivals in order to seal Geddie's 2nd position in the championship.
Carrying additional success ballast after their win at Brands Hatch Geddie set the 3rd fastest time in qualifying, just behind MTECH.
Ashburn started the two-hour endurance and led the race after light rain settled in, sending others into the pits to unnecessarily switch to wet tyres, before slipping to P3 just behind the MTECH and Chad Racing Ferraris.
Aberdeen's Geddie jumped in the harness and leap-frogged his way to the lead as others came in for their driver changes, when the car started suffering from gearbox problems and he was demoted to 2nd position, courtesy of Porsche Carrera Cup team mate Stephen Jelley in the Chad Ferrari.
However the race was thrown into the mix when on lap 74 both Geddie and Jelley crawled to the pits - Jelley with terminal gearbox issues and Geddie with a puncture after being struck by another car. He left the pits and soon was back in the lead after overtaking the limping MTECH Ferrari of Cameron and Griffin, whose gearbox was also taking the toll of the endurance, before surrendering the lead to eventual race winner, Allan Simonsen, on lap 85.
The Trackspeed Porsche crossed the line after a gruelling 96 laps in P2, with Geddie having been stuck in 4th gear for the closing stages, but only 6.4 secs behind the winning Rosso Verde Ferrari and 5.2 secs in front of the MTECH Ferrari, handing Geddie a well-earned 2nd in the drivers' championship in his debut season of the series.
"That was an extremely tough race and there were times I thought the car wouldn't make it to the finish but it held on to the end thankfully.
"I'm very happy, and relieved, to finish my first season in British GT with the best championship result I could have had, after having not competed in the opening two rounds. MTECH have pushed us all season so credit to them, but I have to say a huge thank you to David and everyone at Trackspeed who have given it their all no matter what - together we achieved a championship 1-2, so we couldn't have asked for more and it was thoroughly well deserved."
Geddie will announce his forthcoming racing plans in the near future.