29 June, 2009
Glynn Geddie, and father Jim's, chances of a strong result in the Britcar Euro Race at Spa-Francorchamps, Belguim, were unfortunately ruined after an engine failure in qualifying left them unable to compete in the race, just moments after posting a stunning lap to put them on class pole position.
Friday afternoon's 45-minute qualifying session saw 19 year-old Geddie Jr. set a blistering lap time of 2mins 35.123 around the substantially demanding circuit, located in the Ardennes region of Belgium, to put the Team Apex Tubulars Porsche 996 GT3 Cup machine on class pole. The time - over a second clear of that of their nearest class rivals - was good enough to secure P8 overall and also make Britcar history by gaining the highest slot a Class Three car has ever had on the grid.
However, the celebrations were short-lived when, moments later, the engine dropped a valve and blew up with Geddie Jr. behind the wheel. The team worked frantically to find a remedy and get the car in the running for Saturday evening's 180-minute race, but the damage was terminal and they were forced with withdraw their entry.
"I just don't believe it - another frustrating weekend when we were so close, yet so far. Qualifying on pole allowed us to demonstrate our pace and put a message out to our rivals but then basically, the engine blew and that was it; game over.
"And just to add it it, when we saw the rain for the race on Saturday, we knew we would have been quick and been on for a class win - and maybe even an overall podium - but I guess it wasn't to be."
Glynn Geddie will now concentrate on his Porsche Carrera Cup GB campaign which resumes after a hiatus at Snetterton in just under five weeks' time on the 1-2 August.