Mixed Emotions After GT Cup at Brands
Sunday 3rd May 2009
Aberdeen racing driver Glynn Geddie was at Brands Hatch this weekend competing in the GT Cup, supporting the A1GP on the full Grand Prix circuit.
Geddie came home from the Kent track thinking of what might have been after a tyre blew out on him while leading Race 1, but he won his class with 2nd overall in Race 2 when an incident saw the race prematurely ended.
The Apex Tubulars liveried Team Parker Racing 911 GT3 Cup Porsche was on overall pole position for the first race on Saturday afternoon, despite being a Class 2 car and being around 20km/h in debt to the likes of the Class 1 Vipers and Lamborghinis on the straights.
When the pace car peeled off into the pits to let the race commence it was Geddie who set the standard by gaining a 5 second lead over the second place car. It was all too good to be true though and coming into Paddock Hill Bend the rear left tyre gave way and blew in dramatic fashion, sending the car into a spin and ultimately ending a near-on certain victory for the Scot who was left with little choice but to spectate the rest of the race.
After the A1GP feature race on Sunday afternoon the GT Cup field was released onto the grid with Geddie starting from P2 but after just 2 laps the safety car was deployed when a Viper struck the barrier and marshals recovered the car to a safe position. No more than a lap after the safety car came in another accident occurred - this time a Lamborghini was the culprit after trying to overtake Geddie, putting two wheels on the grass before smashing into the barrier. The accident was severe to the extent that officials had no option but to put out the red flags and abort the race, leaving Geddie with 2nd overall but coming away with a hard-earned and well-deserved Class 2 victory.
"It was great to be on pole for Race 1 and to come away with the class win in the second race. Obviously I can't help but feel disappointed for us as I could almost taste the champagne before the tyre blew on me and if Race 2 had run its full distance, I'm pretty sure we would have come away with the overall victory. Our pace this weekend reflects just how hard everyone at Team Parker Racing has been working so thank you to them and my sponsors - I'm just sorry I couldn't give them the wins we worked so hard to get."
Geddie will be back behind the wheel in two weeks time for the third meeting of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB season at Donington Park on 15th-17th May.