18 July, 2011
Aberdeen's Glynn Geddie and co-driver Dan Brown endured a character-building two races in Rounds 7 and 8 of the FIA GT3 European Championship at Paul Ricard last weekend. The AF Corse pairing were forced to start the weekend on the back foot after an upright failure in Free Practice 1 on Friday gave them no option but to sit out the second practice session.
Despite the lack of running, Geddie looked set to put the #51 Apex Tubulars and STP-backed Ferrari 458 Italia on the front row in qualifying until he was held up behind a slower car in the final sector, costing him 1.5 seconds, but the BRDC Rising Star still managed to claim P6 on the grid for Race 1.
Geddie was at the wheel for the start of Saturday's race and quickly moved up to 4th position but dropped way down the order to 14th after he ran wide and spun in the opening stages. He got back up to P6 by the end of his stint with a flawless drive before handing over to Brown.
Brown was running in P5 but had contact with another car on his out lap which broke the cars' steering arm. He managed to limp back to the pits and finished the race in a disappointing 20th position.
In Sunday's Race 2 Brown started from 17th and picked up a puncture in the opening laps as he was making his way through the field. After a quick pitstop, their race was soon ended when the gearbox jammed in second gear and gave the team no option but to retire from the race.
"It's been another very frustrating and disappointing weekend for the whole team but we gained a bit more experience and data from the car which we can put to good use next time out.
"Having the upright failure in Practice 1 really cost us as we couldn't do any running in Practice 2 but, once again, the pace was there to potentially put the car on the front row on the grid had I not been caught in traffic.
"We've had a run of results that don't reflect our performance or our efforts, but this is motorsport and these things can happen no matter how many measures you put in place to stop them. We can't dwell on this too long though and we're already working closely with the team in a bid to turn our season around and bring home some more satisfying results."
Details of Rounds 9 and 10 of the FIA GT3 European Championship are yet to be confirmed, although the races are scheduled for the weekend of the 21st August.