Podium for Geddie at Rockingham
Sunday 25th April 2010
Scottish racing driver Glynn Geddie made the most of a difficult qualifying session to cross the line in the two Porsche Carrera Cup GB races at Rockingham this weekend in 6th and 3rd places respectively.
The Team Parker Racing ace was blocked in Saturday's qualifying on his hot laps with both sets of tyres and could only manage P7 for Race 1 later that day. After making a decent start and gaining a place off the line, Apex Tubulars-backed Geddie got boxed and was continually obstructed by Tom Bradshaw for most of the race, before the latter had a shunt into the wall on the ultra-fast banked section of the track.
Once promoted up to P6, it was a near impossible task to catch Tony Gilham, who had previously crashed in qualifying before he had used both sets of tyres and was enjoying the race on fresh rubber, leaving a frustrated Geddie little option but to hold on and take the flag in 6th.
Starting today's Race 2 in 8th position, Geddie got off the line in superb fashion and made a place before Turn 1, when chaos broke loose at the second corner, claiming two cars. Staying out of trouble, the Aberdonian came out the other side in P3, behind Tim Harvey and Michael Caine, before the safety car was deployed.
Once the safety car was in, leading team mate Stephen Jelley and Ollie Jackson, Geddie was able to put enough of a gap between him and the car behind to comfortably fend off any challenges and hold on to 3rd for the remainder of the race, collecting 16 points to add to his 2010 campaign.
"The whole team have struggled this weekend on the new compounds that Michelin have introduced for this year and in both races the tyres really started to go off towards the closing stages. In Race 1 there was no chance of catching Tony (Gilham) as he started the race on a fresh set, and Bradshaw kept blocking me before that, even though I feel I had more pace than him.
"Race 2 was mad at the start and it was all going on with tyre smoke everywhere but I kept my head down and stayed out of trouble. From then on it was a case of focusing on what I needed to do for my race so I'm delighted to be back on the podium and score a few more points but there will be more to come I'm sure!"
Geddie lies 4th in the championship with 47 points, behind team mate Euan Hankey who is on 48, as the championship heads to Brands Hatch GP next weekend.