Slovakian Double Podium Gives United the Championship Lead
Tuesday 21st May 2013
Jim and Glynn Geddie put in another fine performance in the United Autosports-run McLaren MP4-12C to come away with the Dutch Supercar Championship lead from the Slovakiaring circuit, just outside Bratislava.
The Slovakian capital was the latest host for rounds three and four of the Dutch GT Series. Two podiums and two fastest laps were enough for the Yorkshire based outfit to come away with the Championship lead, albeit by a single point!
Having qualified on the second row for Saturday's race, Jim Geddie made a great start and determinedly held off a robust attack from the Corvette and Viper to hand over the car to Glynn in third position at the half way mark of the 60 minute race. Glynn then set about reducing the gap to the lead Ferraris, who had pulled a 30 second gap as Jim defended his position. Fastest lap after fastest lap had the local crowd on their feet in a thrilling finale as Glynn closed in on the second place GTE Ferrari on the last lap. The relentless pressure on the Ferrari into the final corner was enough for the smallest mistake and even smaller gap to appear. Glynn seizing the moment to squeeze up the inside on the last turn and take a stunning second place for the delighted team.
Sunday's race was almost a repeat of the first with Jim settling into fourth position and setting his own fastest laps of the weekend despite having his mirrors full of the chasing pack. Once more Jim was stubbornly refusing to give any ground and resolutely holding off his rivals with a faultless display of consistency. As the pit window opened, the United Autosports team called the car in for the driver change to Glynn, this time with a 10 second success penalty added to the pit stop time. Glynn once more showed his raw pace by immediately setting fastest lap of the race in his pursuit of the leaders. The additional penalty had dropped Glynn to seventh with just 30 minutes remaining but his pace was consistently one second per lap faster than the leaders as he hunted them down. As Glynn scythed through the pack, a back marker caused a heart stopping moment as he spun in front of the Geddie McLaren. A collision was avoided but only after Glynn had taken to the gravel trap to avoid the wayward car, losing valuable seconds. Once more a grandstand finish was on the cards and Glynn snatched third on the last lap after a terrific effort.
The Dutch series now moves to Spa Francorchamps in three weeks’ time for the next race in what is proving to be a hugely competitive series.
Jim Geddie, Driver:
“I was really pleased with how the weekend in Slovakia went. It was great to have a podium in both races and to end the weekend being championship leaders. Hopefully we can carry this good form onto the next race at Spa and for the rest of the season.”
Glynn Geddie, Driver:
“The weekend in Slovakia has been a really successful one for the whole team. Two podiums and two fastest laps, and now being championship leaders is great. I fought hard to chase down the leading pack in both races and was pleased it paid off. I’m really looking forward to the next race in Spa, hopefully we can make it onto the top step of the podium.”
Richard Dean, Managing Director and Team Owner:
“Leaving Slovakia the championship leaders after two races is a great feeling. Both Jim and Glynn drove fantastic races and the team worked really well on preparing the car for the weekend. Now looking ahead to Spa and the rest of the season, we hope to continue our consistently good results and build on our championship lead.”