26 June, 2013
The fourth round of the European Supercar Challenge from Zolder, Belgium brought the series to the half-way point of the year.
Jim and Glynn Geddie in their United Autosports prepared McLaren MP4-12C have so far not only been the most consistent performers but consistently the quickest. Zolder was to underline this pace as Glynn took a dominant pole position in both 15 minute qualifying sessions. With five poles in eight races, the record for the most front row starting positions in the series looks to be in sight.
Jim took the start and confidently kept the lead as the lights turned green. After two laps Jim was still up at the front but now under pressure from the Lamborghini of local hero Peter Kox and the Audi of Laurens Vanthoor. At the half way point Jim had been pushed back to third but was still within sight of the leaders when he pitted for the driver change and Glynn set off to hunt down the race lead. A huge battle was now underway as the front two cars pushed to the limit to escape the relentless advance of the United Autosports McLaren. As the last lap started, Glynn was in P2 with the leading driver defending for his life, but it was too late as the young Scot dived up the inside into turn one. Contact was made as the leader turned into the side of the passing McLaren, causing Glynn a puncture. Luckily, Glynn maintained his pass and the lead, but the first win was cruelly taken away with just two corners to go as the tyre eventually let go. Glynn did well to limp the car over the line to secure second position.
Race two saw the United McLaren finish P4 in torrential rain after struggling to overcome the 40 second success penalty applied to the team in the pit stop, a result of five consecutive podium finishes. The father and son team finishing ahead of their main championship rivals in race two, further extended their lead in the championship to ten points.
The championship now moves to Assen, Holland after the summer break, on 2nd - 4th August.
Jim Geddie, Driver, United Autosports:
"We had another great weekend in Zolder. Two poles and a podium finish is another great result to add to our total in the championship so far. I'm already looking forward to getting back in the car after a short break, and taking on the circuit at Assen. Once again, a great job by the whole team."
Glynn Geddie, Driver United Autosports:
"To be so close to the first win of the championship and to get a puncture on the last lap is a bit disappointing, but I'm still really pleased with our efforts this weekend. The team worked really well on the car and we had some strong results yet again. We are edging closer to getting our first win, I'm just hoping it comes sooner rather than later."
Richard Dean, Team Owner and Managing Director, United Autosports:
"Another great weekend for the team in Zolder. The car ran really well and Jim and Glynn were both on it pace wise. Our first win was so close, but obviously not meant to be this time round. We have extended our championship lead by 10 points which is a great feeling going into the summer break. The next round at Assen will hopefully be just as exciting for the team."
Pit stop success penalties explained:
In the European Supercar Challenge, a success penalty is added to the mandatory pit stop time of 60 seconds. The below table explains how many seconds get added to your pit stop time depending on where you finish in the race.
Position in the race / Time added to pit stop
1st place / 15 seconds
2nd place / 10 seconds
3rd place / 5 seconds
The added time is cumulative over the season. The 40 second penalty at Zolder was a result of Jim and Glynn’s success at the previous races. You can also get time deducted from the mandatory pit stop if your result is 4th or lower.
Position in the race / Time deducted from pit stop
4th place / -5 seconds
5th place / -10 seconds
6th place or lower / -15 seconds
This means at the next round in Assen, Jim and Glynn will have 5 seconds taken off their penalty as a result of their 4th place finish in race two at Zolder.