21 January, 2011
Scottish racing driver Glynn Geddie is gearing up for the biggest race of his rising career at the Daytona Rolex 24 challenge at the end of the month.
The Aberdeen ace jets back out to Florida on Monday to prepare for the prestigious event, held at the end of next week (Jan 29/30), and will drive for Bennett Racing in a Ferrari F430 Grand Am model after impressing in testing and striking it right at the third attempt.
Geddie, backed by Apex Tubulars, CorDEX Instruments and AllSeas Global Logistics, initially agreed to compete in a Crawford Chevrolet Protoype car before that deal fell flat at the turn of the year. He then seemed to be on course to debut Daytona in a Porsche with Magnus Racing before Bennett snatched him at the 11th hour.
Although still a relative rookie when it comes to Ferraris, having raced regularly in the Porsche Carrera Cup in recent seasons, the BRDC Rising Star is not going to let that stand in his way and he knows if he impresses at Daytona it could prove to be the key to unlocking the American market.
"It was an amazing experience driving on the track during my test trip as it's the one destination most drivers always strive to reach - I was in real awe of the place when I first arrived because of the history and tradition associated with the circuit.
"The banking is extremely steep but it doesn't seem so severe when you are whizzing round it at real speed. I was originally meant to be testing in a Porsche only to end up with Bennett Racing and it was a real thrill to get to grips with the Ferrari.
"I'm now feeling confident about returning to the track for the real thing and it's going to be on a par with when I raced at Monaco in the Porsche Supercup back in 2009.
"I benefitted a lot from the testing session earlier this month especially as I don't have an awful lot of Ferrari experience. I've completed a qualifying session in a F430 before in the Dutch Supercar Challenge at Spa but that wasn't in a Grand Am model with the added specifications.
"After a few laps at Daytona I felt quite comfortable behind the wheel and it is not only important I familiarised myself with the car and track but the different American racing rules.
"I just can't wait to get back over there where hopefully I'll get my 2011 season off to a really good start."
Skip Bennett, Bennett Racing Team Owner:
"The entire team were impressed with how quickly Glynn got to grips with a car that he's never even driven and on a circuit he's never been to before.
"Daytona can be daunting at first for those that have never attempted it, especially with the level of competition as it is. But Glynn's times were still dropping significantly at the end of the testing, and I believe he's only just starting to show the racing community what he's truly capable of.
"We're looking forward to building a programme around Glynn and we're aiming to be right up there at the end of a gruelling 24 hours of intense competition."