GEDDIE IMPRESSES IN WALTER HAYES TROPHY
Glynn Geddie made a stunning display in the Walter Hayes Trophy at Silverstone at the weekend. The 2009 Porsche Carrera Cup GB Pro-Am 1 Champion endured his dramas but made it through to the final on Sunday, piloting his Formula Ford 1600 around Silverstone's National circuit in wet conditions.
The Scot punched above his weight to qualify the Van Diemen RF92 in an unexpected P2 and managed to keep it that way, finishing on the second step of the podium for the afternoons race. The result was more than good enough to take him straight through to Sunday's knockout stages, and meaning he was to start the semi-final from 5th on the grid.
Having made a lightning start, the Apex Tubulars-backed ace stormed his way through to establish a strong 2nd place in the semi-final. A massive first lap accident in front of Geddie saw Stuart Goughs fly off the track before coming to rest upside down in the gravel trap - thankfully the driver was uninjured. Geddie however, managed to hold on to second and kept it that way for the first 6 laps when he was knocked off the track and into the gravel trap at Brooklands. Having managed to drag his Van Diemen RF92 through the gravel, Geddie eventually rejoined in 15th, but made great use of the remaining laps to claw his way back up to P10 by the time the race was complete.
The result put Geddie through to the final, albeit down in 24th on the grid. After an aggressive start, he made his way up to 16th with some sharp moves and was enjoying his role in the thick of an eight-car battle. The pack continually diced and exchanged places, lap after lap, before the 15 laps were finally up. Geddie eventually brought the car home in 16th for the days finale but made no secret he enjoyed his second visit to the annual event.
"That was mega! - what great fun. In the final we we're going four or five abreast down the straight on many occasions but you just couldn't break away. We were constantly swapping positions - when you got in front of the pack, if one car overtook you, a load more would just follow it past - and I just got boxed in the end, but it was a lot of fun.
"It was a shame I was pushed onto the gravel in the semis as we were looking really strong in P2 up until then and there was potential to do really well in the final. However, we did make it through to the final and we had a lot of fun in the process, so we achieved all that we set out to do. It would be great to come back next year and see how well we do."
Geddie's plans to compete in more one-off race meetings before the year is out are to be released shortly.