26 July, 2010
Scottish racing driver Glynn Geddie and father Jim saw their commanding lead in the Britcar meeting at Snetterton on Saturday turn to zero when the former was caught up in an incident which ended their race.
Having qualified the Apex Motorsport Porsche 997 Cup car on P3 for the 4-hour endurance Geddie Jr. made good progress through the field for his 1hr 10min stint before handing over to his father, who continued with a solid 40min stint.
With Geddie back behind the wheel and in the lead, looking likely to lap the 2nd placed car, the drama unfolded when the engine on the JMH Automotive Ferrari 430 caught fire, dropping oil on the track. One car that Geddie was about to lap was caught out by the slippery surface and sent into a spin. Apex Tubulars-backed Geddie went to the right to avoid a collision and managed to get past but was tagged as it came back across the track, hitting Geddie's rear and damaging his suspension beyond immediate repair.
"It's so frustrating as, with the lead that we had, we were definitely on for an overall win despite the fact we didn't have the quickest car out there. It just proves that anything can happen in motorsport - one moment you're leading and everything is going your way, then the next, you're out of the race.
"There are positives that we can take out of the weekend and it was a pleasure to race with my dad again - he drove very well in his stint and it's a shame he only got 40 minutes in the car. Also it was good preparation for the Carrera Cup races here, and there are pieces of data that we've collected that can hopefully give us an advantage then."
The Porsche Carrera Cup GB resumes after its six-week summer break on 6-8 August at Snetterton where Geddie will be out to overhaul Team Parker Racing team mates Stephen Jelley and Euan Hankey in the championship standings.