Disappointment for Geddie in Britcar Night Race
Monday 9th November 2009
Glynn Geddie wrapped up his racing activities for the season by competing in the annual Britcar 'Into the Night' Race on Saturday evening. Racing with his father, Jim, Geddie Jr. qualified their Apex Motorsport-entered Porsche 997 GT3 Cup on Class Three pole, but their race was short-lived when the nineteen year-old fell victim to a first-corner pile-up.
Having rounded off qualifying around Brands Hatch's Indy circuit in class pole and 8th overall with a time of 47.835, there was little time to relax before the race, which was scheduled to commence only 20 minutes later.
It was decided Geddie Jr. would do the first 45-minute stint before handing the car over to his father to complete the second half of the race, due to the reigning Porsche Carrera Cup GB Pro-Am 1 Champion having to leave early to attend the TOCA Awards in Coventry later that evening.
As the dark settled in, the race got under way with the pack tearing down to Paddock Hill Bend, dicing for position when absolute carnage broke loose. Geddie went round the outside of a Ferrari F430 when a Marcos Mantis GT3 outbraked itself and back-ended the Ferrari, which was sent careering off to the inside barrier, bouncing back on to the track directly in front of Geddie. As the Scot hit the brakes to avoid the Ferrari, he was hit hard from behind and sent into the gravel trap, ending his race, along with five other entries.
"It's so frustrating to get fired off on the first corner. We were well on the pace in qualifying and were aiming for a podium finish in the race but we didn't get that far unfortunately. It's disappointing when so much effort goes into preparing the car and getting it right, just to be taken out after one corner. It's something that is just a part of racing I guess, so what can you do?
"It's a shame to end what has been such a fantastic year this way but we can now focus on next season, which I'm already looking forward to."