31 May, 2009
Scottish charger Glynn Geddie had a troubled outing at Oulton Park, Cheshire this weekend for Rounds 7 and 8 of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB. The 18 year-old finished Race 1 in 9th place overall and 4th in the Pro-Am 1 category, but failed to finished a carnage-ridden Race 2.
Geddie took his spot on the grid in P10 (3rd in class) after problems in qualifying that morning had hampered his performance, and got too much wheelspin off the line after the lights went out, resulting in the loss of three places.
As the field settled, the Apex Tubulars-backed car of Geddie was on a charge through the field, coming through from 13th to 6th when fellow Pro-Am 1 competitor Derek Pierce made contact with Geddie, forcing him onto the grass. The collision and off-track excursion lost Geddie momentum and he fell back, bringing the car home in an undeserved 9th position.
Race 2 took place this afternoon and once again, Geddie started from the 10th slot on the grid, however this time making a great start, and looked menacing behind a squabble between Derek Pierce and Robert Lawson before the pair made contact at Cascades. Pierce spun off the road and came back onto the track, hitting the unfortunate Geddie's left rear wheel and breaking the hub which haunted him for the remainder of the race.
As if that wasn't enough, Richard Singleton in the Porsche Cars GB guest car ran wide as Geddie was coming through to overtake him and put the Team Parker Racing number 8 car on to the grass. After recovering and getting back on track he found himself caught up in a battle with Tony Gilham and as the pair came up to the Island Hairpin, Geddie outbraked himself and spun allowing Tom Bradshaw past. While collecting it up he made contact with the barrier on the inside of the hairpin, resulting in a broken radiator, which ended the race for him as he nursed the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car back to the pits, leaving a trail of steam behind him.
"This weekend was just full of contact from the start and was very frustrating for us. In Race 2 as soon as Pierce hit me my race was essentially over and made the car very difficult to drive. We cannot afford to have a repeat of this weekend as we're lying 3rd in the Pro-Am 1 standings now and it's obviously not where I want to be. Hopefully we can come away from the next round at Croft with our campaign back on track so we need to forget Oulton - it's been frustrating and challenging but it's happened now and we can't dwell on it; we just have to keep looking forward and make sure it doesn't happen again."
The next round at Croft in Yorkshire takes place in two weeks time and will enjoy it's usual TV coverage live on ITV4.