26 May, 2009
Eighteen year-old Glynn Geddie was surrounded by the glamour of Monaco at the weekend, representing Porsche Cars Great Britain with his regular team, Team Parker Racing, in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup.
It's no secret that, due to the lack of overtaking opportunities at the tight and twisty track, qualifying around the streets of Monte Carlo is crucial to the outcome of the race, and Friday morning's 45-minute qualifying session was no exception. Aberdeen's Geddie put in a solid lap of 1:40.337 to place him 9th on the grid but as the session went on and he went out for his next hot lap, he lost the back end at St. Devote and hit one of the many unforgiving barriers lining the circuit.
The accident meant a new engine and clutch for the Apex Tubulars-sponsored Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car, and with zero chance of getting back out again, their 9th place dissolved to 18th as the session continued and the track got faster.
At 9.45 on Sunday morning the race got under way, but as the lights went out Geddie lost two places as he struggled with the clutch that had not yet had a chance to get bedded in. However by St. Devote the Scot had managed to snatch those places back and was up to P18 again, moving up the hill towards the infamous Casino Square. As the field followed each other nose-to-tail for the opening laps, Geddie managed to pull a move on team mate Michael Leonard at the slow-paced Lowes hairpin.
From there it was a case of keeping cool and staying out of trouble for the remaining 13 laps - keeping clear of the barriers and keeping the car on the grey stuff - in the hope that others would drop out. The chequered flag dropped and Geddie brought the car home in 15th position, just ahead of Leonard, with a fastest lap of 1:40.819 - less than two seconds slower than Supercup regular and eventual race winner Richard Westbrook's fastest time.
"The accident in qualifying really put us on the back foot for the race. I hit a kerb too hard on the apex of St. Devote, the rear lost grip and that was it. This track won't let you off lightly if you make a mistake - if you do make one you won't have long before a barrier gets in the way! When it came to the start the clutch wasn't set so I lost a couple of places off the line but managed to get them back by the first corner.
"Overall I'm pretty pleased with how Monaco panned out - I got the car to the finish and was the first of the four Porsche Cars Great Britain entries to reach the chequered flag. Also the team are looking seriously into the Supercup for 2011 - which would be fantastic for us - so everyone, including me, has learnt a lot."
Geddie will make a return to the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup at Silverstone, supporting the British Grand Prix, later in the season in June. However he focuses his immediate attention on the next meeting of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB at Oulton Park, Cheshire this weekend. After seeing his lead in the Pro-Am 1 standings drop to third after a DNF (did not finish) in Race 1 at Donington, Geddie will be pulling out all the stops to make sure of a repeat of the victory he had in Race 2.
The Carrera Cup cars will be first out on track at 8.45am on Saturday morning for qualifying with Race 1 later that day at 2.25pm. The MSA British Touring Car package will receive its usual TV coverage from ITV4 between 12.00 noon - 6.00pm on Sunday, with Race 2 starting at 1.30pm.