Difficult Weekend for Geddie at Rockingham
Sunday 20th September 2009
Scottish racing driver Glynn Geddie endured a character-building two races in the penultimate Porsche Carrera Cup GB meeting at Rockingham this weekend. The Aberdonian failed to finish Race 1 after a collision with Pro-Am 1 rival Tony Gilham, but limited the damage to his title hopes with 3rd place in Sunday's Race 2.
The Apex Tubulars-backed teenager started Saturday's Race 1 from 3rd in class and was running behind Pro-Am 1 rival Ollie Jackson. However, on lap 7, Geddie dived down the inside of Jackson, who put Geddie onto the dirty side of the track and into a spin, and unfortunately made contact with Gilham, who was put out of the race then and there.
Geddie got his Team Parker Racing number 8 entry back to the pits and tried his best to continue with the sick car, but race officials decided to show him the black and orange flag - meaning he was summonsed back to the pits due to the suspension damage he had obtained in the collision.
Title rival Robert Lawson capitalised to take the Pro-Am 1 win while Geddie's car was sent back to the Team Parker Racing outfit's Leicester base overnight for emergency surgery, needing to have its steering and suspension repaired in time for Sunday's on-track attack.
Race 2 saw Geddie start from P2 in class, behind Lawson, and keep it that way, running in a trio with Gilham behind in the opening stages. The Scot however was suffering from car handling problems which meant Gilham was able to slip through.
On lap 2 Lawson put his car in the wall, forcing him out of the race with zero points and leaving the struggling car of Geddie to follow Jackson and Gilham. They stayed in that order for the remainder of the race, giving Geddie the last step of the podium as he nursed the car to the line.
This weekend's result means that Geddie takes a slight drop to 2nd in the Pro-Am 1 standings, just behind Lawson, with only a one point deficit.
"I was stuck behind Jackson in Race 1 and needed to make the gamble to overtake. He went to block me, which pushed me on the dirty side of the track, and from then on I was a passenger - and it unfortunately ended up putting two cars out of the race.
"Race 2 was better but I was bogged down a bit at the start. The car was difficult to drive after the damage it sustained on Saturday so I just had drive round as strongly as I could and keep out of trouble, which I did.
"It's been a difficult weekend all things considered and Rockingham was a bit of a bogey track for us really. To go into the weekend nine points clear in the championship lead and then come out of it one down is pretty frustrating. We knew it was likely to go down to the wire though and we should be quick at Brands. I raced on the GP circuit there in May for the GT Cup and we were really strong, so we should be on for a good weekend."
The championship-deciding season finale takes place at Brands Hatch, on the Grand Prix circuit, in two weeks' time.