PENALTY DENIES GEDDIE & RUHAN VICTORY AT SNETTERTON
Aberdeen's Glynn Geddie and co-driver Andy Ruhan narrowly missed out on victory in the GT Trophy race at Snetterton yesterday. The JMH Automotive pair were front runners for much of the race but had to settle for 2nd place after a mandatory pit stop enforced by officials to even up the pack.
The 20 year-old BRDC Rising Star demonstrated their pace by qualifying the Porsche 997 GT3 Cup car on Class 2 pole position, nearly 1.4 secs faster than the 2nd placed Bryant/Goff 997 GT3 Cup entry. Race organisers enforced Geddie and Ruhan with a time-delay pit stop of 180 secs for the race in order to keep the field more level.
Geddie started and built up a 17 sec lead over the Martin/Martin Ferrari 430 GTC, who were only handed a 90 sec time-delay stop, before coming in to hand over to Ruhan. Whilst taking their 180 sec pace penalty the Martins' Ferrari took the lead exiting the pit lane after their stop.
Ruhan left the pits 20 secs down on the Ferrari in P2 but drove an error free stint to halve that gap before the chequered flag was dropped after 48 laps.
"It's frustrating that we were handed such a big penalty as it more than likely cost us a win. We have to accept that rules are rules though and we are satisfied with P2.
"Andy (Ruhan) drove very well and did all he could have done to close down the difference between us and the Ferrari. Thank you to Andy for inviting me to drive with him this weekend and also to JMH Automotive who prepared the car."
Geddie will announce further plans for the 2010 racing season next week.