09 August, 2010
Aberdeen's Glynn Geddie managed 4th and 5th places in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB races at Snetterton at the weekend, despite suffering from set-up problems with his car in both races.
Having qualified in 6th position for race one, less than a second adrift of pole-sitter Michael Caine, Apex Tubulars-backed Geddie didn't get away from the line cleanly and lost two places. Throughout the race he fought hard with the car oversteering and managed to get up to a creditable P4.
However he lost time while battling his way back and although the leading trio of Caine, Tim Harvey and Stephen Jelley were too far in the distance to let him affect their race, he stayed in 4th until the chequered flag was dropped, despite being able to match their pace.
Geddie and his Team Parker Racing engineers decided to take a gamble and make changes to the car in an attempt to kill the oversteer for Race 2. This time he got a lightning start from 5th on the grid and was challenging Caine for 2nd by the first corner.
It soon became apparent that the car's handling was even worse than in Race 1 and Jelley managed to get past as the leaders went through The Bombhole on lap 1. With Geddie struggling to keep the car on line Michael Meadows muscled past to knock him back down into P5.
By the closing stages of the 24 laps Geddie had built a comfortable enough gap between himself and the car behind to be able to stay in 5th, which is where he remained to the end of the race.
"The car was a handful to drive in Race 1 so we made some changes that we thought would at least soften the oversteer but, obviously without being able to test the changes, found the car to be ten times worse.
"We didn't get the podium that we hoped for this weekend but we came close and the car is generally improving. From a championship point of view we are closing in on Euan (Hankey) and Stephen (Jelley) so hopefully we can overhaul them at Silverstone."
Rounds 13 and 14 of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB take place at the Silverstone National circuit in two weeks time, but Geddie now focuses his immediate attention on the British GT Championship, which is also at Silverstone, this coming weekend.