Glynn Geddie: 2009 Season Review - Race by Race
Wednesday 2nd December 2009
3rd - 5th April
Porsche Carrera Cup GB: Brands Hatch (Indy)
Geddie kicks off the season as reigning Pro-Am 2 Champion with a third place finish in Pro-Am 1. Although disappointed with his performance, he comes out on top with a fine victory in Race 2 after a race-long battle with Pro-Am 1 rivals Tony Gilham and Ollie Jackson.
24th - 26th April
Porsche Carrera Cup GB: Thruxton
The ultra-fast Hampshire circuit hands Geddie 3rd and 5th place finishes in Pro-Am 1 despite all four of the Team Parker racing entries struggling with tyre pressure problems.
1st - 3rd May
GT Cup: Brand Hatch (GP)
Supporting the A1GP, Geddie qualifies on overall pole position but has a rear-left blow-out while comfortably leading Race 1, forcing him out of contention. Race 2 however sees him take a Class 2 win, and P2 overall, despite not having the straight-line speed of the Class 1 Vipers and Lamborghinis.
15th - 17th May
Porsche Carrera Cup GB: Donington Park (GP)
Geddie hits a kerb too hard on the opening lap of Race 1 and is forced out of the race after starting on Pro-Am 1 pole, dropping him to 3rd in the standings. His fortunes turn around though in Race 2 and he takes class victory in tricky wet conditions.
22nd - 24th May
Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup: Monte Carlo, Monaco
Supporting the legendary Monaco Grand Prix, Geddie is invited with three other Porsche Carrera Cup GB drivers - including Tim Harvey and Michael Leonard - to represent Great Britain in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup. A shunt at St. Devote in qualifying puts Geddie on the back foot for the race and he starts from P18. He finishes the race in 15th place, ahead of all the other Porsche Cars GB entries and comes away pleased with his performance.
29th - 31st May
Porsche Carrera Cup GB: Outlon Park (Island)
A weekend to forget for Geddie as he finishes 4th in Pro-Am 1 for the first race and spins at the Island Hairpin in Race 2 while battling with Gilham, damaging his radiator and forcing him into retirement.
12th - 14th June
Porsche Carrera Cup GB: Croft
Arguably the most disastrous weekend of Geddie's 2009 campaign. After starting both races from Pro-Am 1 pole position, Geddie is caught up in a first lap incident in Race 1 and is forced to retire in Race 2 when a plastic marker cone is flicked up, piercing his radiator and putting the number 8 car out of contention.
Britcar Euro Race: Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium
Pairing up with his father, Jim, racing a Porsche 996 GT3 Cup car, Geddie puts their entry on Class 3 pole by over a second but later in the session, the engine drops a valve and gives way. The damage was to such an extent that the pair were unable to start the race.
18th - 19th July
Martini Trophy: Snetterton
Again sharing a Team Apex Tubulars Porsche 996 GT3 Cup machine with his father, Geddie takes a class pole, and P2 overall, in qualifying. Although unable to match the 600bhp of the lead Marcos Mantis in the race, a strong drive from both drivers sees them take the class win and a well-deserved P2 overall.
31st July - 2nd August
Porsche Carrera Cup GB: Snetterton
The Carrera Cup GB resumes after its summer break and after seeing his Pro-Am 1 lead demise into fourth, Geddie knows he needs a change of fortunes to keep his title hopes alive. The Scot drives faultlessly to deliver two wins, crushing Robert Lawson's Pro-Am 1 lead from 39 points to just 18. Geddie is also handed the 'Driver of the Weekend' award.
14th - 16th August
Porsche Carrera Cup GB: Knockhill
In front of his home crowd, Geddie makes the brave decision to start Race 1 on slick tyres in wet conditions. The tactic pays off as the track starts to dry and he soars through the field from 6th overall to take P2, and the Pro-Am 1 win, just behind Michael Caine. For Race 2 Geddie enjoys a nail-biting scrap with Lawson but manages to break away and seals the double by finishing ahead of his Pro-Am 1 rivals.
28th - 30th August
Porsche Carrera Cup GB: Silverstone
Geddie dominates and becomes the first driver in the championship's history to secure two pole positions, two fastest laps and two wins, all on the same weekend. The double win puts Geddie back on top of the Pro-Am 1 standings as the championship heads to its penultimate round.
18th - 20th September
Porsche Carrera Cup GB: Rockingham (International)
A collision with Gilham involving Jackson in Race 1, damages Geddie's car and, although he tries to continue, he is shown the black and orange flag - meaning he is summonsed back to the pits, due to the suspension damage obtained in the collision, and is forced to retire. The car is sent back to Team Parker Racing's Leicester base for overnight surgery but suffers from handling problems in Sunday's Race 2. Geddie takes the last step of the podium to clinch P3 but drops to second in the Pro-Am 1 standings, just behind Lawson.
2nd - 4th October
Porsche Carrera Cup GB: Brand Hatch (GP)
After qualifying on pole for both races, Geddie dominates Race 1 with a lights-to-flag victory in Pro-Am 1 and maintains a superb P3 overall throughout the race. The result is good enough to put him comfortably in the championship lead but not totally out of Lawson's grasp. However Lawson's fate is decided after finishing behind Geddie in Race 2 and handing the Aberdeen-born teenager another Pro-Am 1 win. Geddie is awarded the title of 2009 Porsche Carrera Cup GB Pro-Am 1 Champion.
31st October - 1st November
Walter Hayes Trophy: Silverstone (National)
Always keen to do as much racing as he can, Geddie enters the annual Walter Hayes Trophy in his Formula Ford 1600 Van Diemen RF92. Amongst seasoned Formula Ford racers, Geddie impressively finishes 2nd in his heat, meaning he was to start P5 for the Semi-Final. Running a strong second for the most part of the semi's Geddie is pushed off the track at Brooklands and eventually finishes in 10th. Starting down in 24th for the Final, he picks up eight places in 15 laps to bring the car home in 16th.
Britcar 'Into the Night' Race: Brands Hatch (Indy)
Teaming up for the third time this season with his father - this time in a Porsche 997 GT3 Cup car - Geddie places them on Class 3 pole but is a victim in a first corner accident, involving five other cars, and ending their race with immediate effect.
Glynn Geddie Facts:
- 2009 Porsche Carrera Cup GB Pro-Am 1 Champion (Team Parker Racing)
- 2008 Porsche Carrera Cup GB Pro-Am 2 Champion (Parr Motorsport)
- 2009 was Geddie's first full season of racing
- Geddie won 50% of his Porsche Carrera Cup GB races this season (10 victories in total out of 20 races)
- Achieved a total of 13 Pro-Am 1 podiums
- Achieved 3 overall podiums – 2nd at Knockhill, 2nd at Silverstone and 3rd at Brands Hatch (GP)