Frustrating FIA GT3 Season Opener for Geddie and Brown
Monday 9th May 2011
Aberdeen's Glynn Geddie endured a tough outing in the FIA GT3 European season opener at the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve, Portugal at the weekend. Along with co-driver Dan Brown, the pair managed to get their AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia to a creditable P8 in the first race but were forced to retire in race two with mechanical problems.
Brown qualified their No. 51 entry in P6 for Round 1 when they were struck with a problem with the front of the car, which effectively left Geddie and Brown unable to mount a serious challenge on their rivals all weekend.
In the race, Brown started and was up into P4 by the time he handed over to Geddie, who was looking likely for a top 4 finish, when they were hit with the same problems that compromised their qualifying. The Scot was forced to nurse the car to the chequered flag which allowed a couple of cars to slip by, but made the most he could out of his stint and finished P8.
Geddie was in the STP and Apex Tubulars-backed car for the start of Round 2 and put in a solid drive but, with just under 20 minutes of the race left, he was given little option but to retire with rear suspension damage.
"It's been a frustrating weekend for us. This car has a lot of development potential and we just didn't get a chance to show our true pace this weekend.
"This isn't the way we wanted to start the season but that's what we've been dealt and we will be out to make an even bigger point at Silverstone."
Rounds 3 and 4 of the FIA GT3 European Championship will take place at Silverstone on 5th June. In the meantime Geddie and dad Jim will be back on British GT duties with CRS Racing at Snetterton this weekend.