Geddies make British GT history as the first father/son duo crowned champions

10 10 2011

The CRS Racing father/son pairing celebrate an unexpected pole position at Snetterton

The Geddies made history becoming the first father/son pairing to take the British GT title with their Silverstone podium

JIM and Glynn Geddie celebrated their championship win and were delighted to able to take the British GT title and keep the success in the family and make history.

Third place in today’s two-hour race was enough to seal the first ever British GT title for a father-son pairing and of course for the Ferrari 458.

This is the second British GT Championship win for CRS Racing though as the team won the title with the Ferrari 430 in 2008.

Jim Geddie started today’s race in the No.10 CRS Ferrari and drove the best stint of his life to hand the car over to Glynn after an hour of hard racing.

Geddie Snr said: “It was a great race. I enjoyed my stint and then I could hardly watch Glynn’s. It has been a hard season and it feels really good to win the title. It hasn’t actually sunk in yet but it feels good already.”

Glynn took over at half distance and set off in pursuit of the other championship contenders. There then followed a fantastic display of some of the closest racing the British GT Championship has seen all season.

Geddie Jnr said: “I think it was more nerve-wracking for the guys in the garage than it was for me.

“I had a little bit of contact towards the end so I backed out of it as they team told me I was high enough to win the title. It feels mega to win it, especially as I came here to win after being second last year.

“This is the first year of racing at this level for my Dad and he has improved with every race so it feels amazing to share this with him.”

The key to the Championship winsuccess has been consistency as the pair never won a race all season but through consistent podiums and big points scores, they fended off the challenge of of Porsche, Mercedes, Aston Martin and Audi to take the hotly-contested title.

Andrew Kirkaldy, CRS team principal praised the team for their effort and is delighted the CRS tradition of producing championship winning cars has been continued.

He said: “The British GT team was borne out of our Formula Renault team.

“We took guys from our single seater programme, gave them four new drivers and two new cars and they did an outstanding job.

“The Geddies have worked incredibly well together. Jim has learned a lot and become an accomplished driver in his own right. The Ferrari performed well all year and proved its competitiveness straight away. It has clearly been the car to beat.”

“British GT has been a big part of CRS’ heritage since Chris (Niarchos) and I started running GT cars in 2008.”

“We’ve done it twice and won it both times. This title is a fitting end to this chapter of our history.”





Geddie father/son combo secured British GT title in dramatic Silverstone finale

9 10 2011

Despite not winning a race all season, the Geddie's ended the season as champions

Despite not winning a race all season, the Geddie's ended the season as champions (www.britishgt.com)

CRS Racing pair Glynn and Jim Geddie took championship glory in the final round of the 2011 season at Silverstone with a third place finish.

The race was won by Beechdean Motorsport’s Jonathan Adam and Andrew Howard in their Aston Marton DBRS9. A dozen drivers could have claimed the title in the exciting two hour finale.

The early stages of the race had been dominated by the Audi of Joe Osborne, which had been added to the United Autosports line-up to aid the championship challenge of Mike Guasch and Matt Bell.

Having qualified on the second row of the grid, Osborne moved into second place at Stowe on lap one and then took the lead from David Ashburn’s Trackspeed Porsche on lap two before streaking away at the head of the field.

Behind, Charles Bateman attempted to give chase in the Scuderia Vittoria Ferrari, having worked his way up to second place with defending champion Ashburn running in third. Poleman Howard, meanwhile, had slipped back the order to fifth by the end of the second lap.

As the first half of the race played out, United Autosports’ decision to put Osborne out for the opening stint saw him increase his lead to the best part of half a minute from Bateman behind, while Howard – after a difficult opening few laps – fought his way back ahead of the Porsches of Gregor Fisken and Ashburn to go third.

Heading towards half-way and the start of the driver changes, Bateman and team-mate Michael Lyons found themselves as the men to beat in the championship, with Jim Geddie running down in eighth.

However, the race would be turned on its head when Paul Whight went off in his GT3B class Aston Martin DBSR9 exiting Stowe, with the car going backwards into the tyre wall on the inside of the circuit.

Just as the field started to cycle through the mandatory stops, the Safety Car was deployed to allow the Aston Martin to be recovered, with a number of cars electing to pit straight away – although the leading Audi wasn’t amongst them.

Osborne was however waved through by the Safety Car and then elected to pit, which allowed team-mate Zak Brown to resume in the lead.

With the Safety Car having not picked up the leading car, there was then a lengthy run under caution before the race resumed with Brown leading in the Audi from Michael Lyons in the Scuderia Vittoria Ferrari and Godfrey Jones in the Preci-Spark Mercedes, which had made up places after a strong opening stint from twin brother David, who was handed the Sunoco Driver of the Day award for his efforts.

Jonny Adam was fourth ahead of Richard Westbrook’s Porsche, with Glynn Geddie sitting sixth. As it stood therefore on the restart, Lyons and Bateman were set to take the title by a single point.

Within a matter of laps of the restart, however, that all changed, as Adam, Westbrook and Geddie all got ahead of Jones’ Mercedes in quick succession – with fifth place set to hand the Geddies the championship crown.

Having been able to close on Lyons thanks to the Safety Car, Westbrook and Geddie then moved ahead of the double race winner while, out front, Adam took little time in reeling-in Brown’s Audi to move into the lead in his Aston Martin.

Lyons slipped behind both Tim Bridgman and Matt Griffin before his title hopes were ended by a drive-through penalty for exceeding the track limits. Griffin’s hopes of taking the crown for MTech also faded when he was given a stop-go penalty for a pit-stop infringement.

As Adam pulled away at the front of the field, Brown tried his best to defend second from Westbrook before conceding position to the Porsche, and Geddie eventually followed him through into third, albeit only after a huge battle with Brown’s Audi which saw the two cars almost banging wheels on more than one occasion.

With Westbrook and Geddie then fighting over second, Adam found himself unchallenged at the front of the field and he successfully brought the Beechdean Aston Martin home to the finish to take victory in what will be the car’s final race before retirement.

Behind the Aston Martin, Westbrook took the flag second despite struggling with tyre wear as the race wore on, which allowed Geddie to close in behind.

Although third would have been enough to secure the title, Geddie gave his all to try to find a way through but as the two cars exited Luffield for the final time, it was the #1 Trackspeed Porsche that crossed the line second, with Geddie still behind.

Title success for the Scottish pair came despite them failing to win a race all season, with the championship instead being the reward of a consistent approach over the course of the year.

Gregor Fisken and Tim Bridgman took fourth place for Trackspeed while the Jones brothers crossed the line fifth. Despite Osborne’s earlier heroics, Brown had to settle for sixth at the wheel of the #29 Audi, ahead of a disappointed Lyons and Bateman, who crossed the line seventh after their drive-through.

Of the other drivers who had help championship aspirations before the start, Griffin and Cameron took ninth while Hector Lester finished just outside the points in 11th. Mike Guasch and Matt Bell meanwhile ended the race 22nd after losing time in the pit repairing damage picked up in contact on track.

As was the case in the penultimate race of the season, at Donington Park a fortnight ago, the Lotus Sport UK team took GT4 victory thanks to the #48 Evora.

Having qualified on class pole, Glew led the class early on ahead of the Ginetta of Dan Denis, with the pair battling hard on track through the early stages before the Evora started to establish an advantage.

Glew kept the lead until handing the car over to team-mate Holmes, and he maintained the advantage to secure what would ultimately be a comfortable victory when the Ginetta was handed a drive-through penalty and slipped to third in class.

Despite a tough opening stint, the ABG KTM fought back to take the chequered flag in second place, which was more than enough to secure class championship honours for Clutton and Belshaw, who had gone into the weekend needing only to finish inside the top six.

Round 10 Race Results

GT3

1  Beechdean Aston Martin  Andrew Howard/Jonny Adam  2h 01m 26.220s / 97.68mph

2  Trackspeed Porsche  David Ashburn/Richard Westbrook  +22.738s

3  CRS Racing Ferrari  Jim Geddie/Glynn Geddie  +22.939s

4  Trackspeed Porsche  Gregor Fisken/Tim Bridgman  +37.231s

5  Preci-Spark Mercedes  David Jones/Godfrey Jones  +43.170s

6  United Autosports Audi  Joe Osborne/Zak Brown (USA)  +56.941s

7  Scuderia Vittoria Ferrari  Michael Lyons/Charles Bateman  +1m 14.286s

8  MTECH Ferrari  Julien Draper/Matthew Draper  +1m 20.669s

9  MTECH Ferrari  Duncan Cameron/Matt Griffin (IRL)  +1m 23.848s

10  CRS Racing Ferrari  Andrew Tate/Alex Mortimer  53 laps etc

GT4

1  Lotus Sport UK Lotus  Chris Holmes/Phil Glew  52 laps

2  ABG Motorsport KTM  Peter Belshaw/Marcus Clutton  51 laps

3  Scuderia Vittoria Ginetta  Dan Denis/David McDonald  51 laps

4  Century Motorsport Ginetta  Josh Wakefield/Jake Rattenbury  50 laps

5  Magic Ginetta  Stewart Linn/Chris Midmark (SWE)  50 laps

6  Lotus Sport UK Lotus  Leyton Clarke/Freddy Nordstrom  49 laps

7  Secure/Barwell Aston Martin  Peter Erceg/Tiff Needell  49 laps

Fastest lap Bateman 2m 06.162s / 104.45mph Est Rec





Q&A: Exclusive talk with title leader Geddie ahead of Silverstone decider

6 10 2011

Glynn Geddie

Geddie leads the title going into the two hour Silverstone finale © Malcolm Griffiths

WE talk to Glynn Geddie ahead of his championship decider in Silverstone with the title still in the balance.

How excited are you for the final race?

I feel really relaxed about the whole thing and I’m ready to get the job done. I’m not a nervous person so won’t let what’s going on around me distract me from preparing properly for the race.

I’ll start to get more excited when we head into qualifying before the main event on Saturday.

Are you optimistic for the outcome?

I’m quietly confident we can do enough to seal the championship. You’ve got to believe in your own ability or there’s no point being out there on the track.

If you don’t believe you are going to win then you won’t win.

But it’s going to be tough and we both must perform at our best to make sure we succeed.

Do you like Silverstone?

It’s a track that should suit our Ferrari 458 as it’s got lots of good long straights where we can make the most of the Ferrari’s speed.

I raced there in the FIA GT3 earlier this season and it’s a mega track especially with the new grand prix. I can’t wait to get on to the track.

How much do you want to go one better than last year and take the title?

It would mean a lot for me to win the championship this season. It was great to be able to help David Ashburn win it last year.

However, at the same time it was quite frustrating as I only missed out on a joint victory after missing a few of the earlier rounds so really want to go all the way this time round.

How much will it mean to you sharing the success with your dad?

I don’t know if a father and son partnership has won the British GT Championship before and if we can become the first it would be a tremendous achievement.

I know dad is looking forward to the Silverstone race and it’s been a real joy racing alongside him this season.

He’s performed really well and who knows we might be back in the British GT again next season as defending champions. It’s just really rewarding to be able to compete at a very high level alongside him.

We’re close and get on well and have managed to really spur each other on this season.

Who do you think poses the biggest threat?

We’re fortunate to hold an eight point lead over their nearest rivals Duncan Cameron and Matt Griffin who run in a M-Tech Ferrari 458 going into the last weekend. They will probably be the biggest threat but when you consider a total seven teams can win it you can’t rule anyone out.

How will you approach the race? Go for the win or take the required points?

Several teams are still in with a chance of winning the team which is a fact we must remain mindful of. It would be great to win the race and finish on a real high so we’ll be going for the win.

But we’ll also be guided by our CRS team.

How good has the Ferrari 458 been in its debut year?

The 458 has been particularly enjoyable to drive, it has been a real challenge and a step up from the Porsche from last year. In a straight line it’s really quick but it does struggle slightly when it’s wet so let’s hope it’s dry at Silverstone.

There a few things that we could perhaps work on to make it even better but it’s still been a fantastic learning experience for me to compete in such a top class machine.

Do you have an firm plans for next year or anything in the pipeline?

I don’t have anything finalised for next season just yet, I suppose a lot will hinge on what happens this weekend. If I can win the British GT that will represent a significant breakthrough especially just a season after finishing second when I helped David Ashburn win the overall championship.

Winning the title could open up new opportunities for me and I need to carefully consider my future decisions particularly at an important time in my career.

have had 5 years driving that car and whilst it hasnt always been succesful it’s always been enjoyable, Im not sure what the plan is for 2012 so I’ll just treat it as another race and try to get the best result I can





Wilcox optimistic for Silverstone as Ferrari 430 could make last voyage

6 10 2011

Adam Wilcox on the pit wall at Oulton Park

Wilcox is looking to run his own race and get some big points in the season finale at Silverstone

ADAM Wilcox is looking to run his own race at the weekend and get the best result he can rather than worry about what effect he has on the championship.

The Ferrari 430 Scuderia has started to show some pace after a strong performance last time out at Donington where Wilcox and teammate Phil Burton’s fastest lap was only 0.3 seconds behind the winners’ Ferrari 458.

And with the season finale at Silverstone looming Wilcox is hoping that the longer two hour endurance style event and the style of track will suit the team.

He said: “I definitely prefer longer races, I think two and three hour races have been great especially with the minimum three driver changes it really shakes things up.

“We will just run our own race and I look forward to see who takes the title, it’s been one of the most competitive seasons for years.

“I think the Scuderia could suit Silverstone so watch this space.”

And looking ahead to 2012 Wilcox knows this could be the last race in the Ferrari 430 with new cars available for next year but will treat this as just another race in one of his favourite cars.

He said: “I have had five years driving that car and whilst it hasn’t always been succesful it’s always been enjoyable.

“I’m not sure what the plan is for 2012 so I’ll just treat it as another race and try to get the best result I can.”





Geddie family head to Silverstone on the edge of British GT glory in Ferrari 458

26 09 2011

The CRS Racing father/son pairing celebrate an unexpected pole position at Snetterton

The Geddie's will be hoping for more celebrations at Silverstone in October with the title on the line

THE father/son Geddie pairing are well placed for title glory at Silverstone next month after a fifth place finish at Donington Park saw them extend their championship lead over their rivals.

Glynn Geddie and father Jim finished fifth with their CRS teammates Andrew Tate and Alex Mortimer forced to retire after a trip to the gravel which brought the safety car out.

But Geddie is optimistic that with the limited success ballast and being in pole position in the driver standings they can make their title dream a reality at Silverstone.

Geddie narrowly missed out last year finishing second to then teammate David Ashburn in the Trackspeed Porsche and is hoping to go one better next month.

He said: “I’m satisfied with our weekend’s work at Donington and we can now really look forward to Silverstone.

“We’re now in a very strong position but there’s still a lot of work to be done before we can seal the title. We could have won the championship at Donington had results gone our way but it wasn’t to be although we have to be pleased that we stretched our lead.

But we’re happy with the way the car is running after a lot of hard work from the CRS Racing team during the course of the season so we’re confident of finishing the job.

“However, we must ensure we remain as professional as ever to give ourselves every chance of succeeding. We’ll work alongside the team to make sure we are prepared as possible for the finale before yet another season comes to an end.”





Fisken and Bridgman rue bad luck with backmarkers at Donington Park enduro

26 09 2011

Bridgman had looked quick in qualifying but engine failure put paid to a second 2011 win © Jakob Ebrey

Fisken and Bridgman were unlucky with a GT4 backmarker that compromised their chance of victory © Jakob Ebrey

A THIRD podium finish for Gregor Fisken and Tim Bridgman could of been so much more after a backmarker ruined their chances of a win.

The pair reminded the field that the Trackspeed Porsche still packs a punch despite being out of the title hunt after the Rockingham engine disaster and again mastered changeable conditions as they had at Brands Hatch.

After narrowly sneaking second after a penalty for the MTECH Ferrari 458, it was a feeling of what might have been after a clumsy moment with a GT4 backmarker robbed them of the lead.

Fisken was forced to circulate slowly under Safety Car procedure behind a crippled GT4 Aston Martin, allowing the chasing MTECH Ferrari to close in.

With their advantage now all-but negated, the backmarker then swerved late across the Porsche’s path into the pits just as racing resumed. With Fisken hard on the brakes, Duncan Cameron was able to easily nip past, even though the race remained under caution.

Fisken was happy to be back on the podium but understandably disappointed with the impact that the GT4 backmarker had.

He said: “It’s great to get back on the podium and an excellent result for the team, but I can’t help feeling a sense of ‘what if’. I was really enjoying myself out there, especially in the opening stint, when the track was at its trickiest.

“I’ve always revelled in those sorts of conditions because of my background in historic racing where power comfortably outstrips grip.

“Tim was then able to extend our lead before I got back in. We were comfortably clear of the rest so to have the GT4 Aston Martin compromise our race like that is just so disappointing.

“I had no choice but to stay behind even though the Safety Car was going faster. That allowed the others to claw back everything they had originally lost.

“Without being so badly delayed I think we would have won, especially when Tim showed in the final stint that we also had the dry pace to compete with the Ferraris. That at least bodes well for the final round where we will be looking to end our year on a high.”

Bridgman was equally delighted to get some big points but again left frustrated that bad luck compromised a winning position.

He added: “I’m delighted with the podium but can’t deny my frustration with all the little elements that conspired against us throughout the race. The car was great this weekend, especially in the changing conditions, which allowed me to open up a decent gap during my first stint.

That it was negated behind a Safety Car isn’t the problem – that’s endurance racing – it was the way in which Gregor, who was fantastic in those tricky early conditions, was held up by the stricken Aston Martin during the caution period, which helped others catch up, that really cost us.

 “We know the Ferrari 458 is a faster package in the dry over a stint but on sheer one-lap pace we were right there, as proven by the fastest lap.
“I was pretty certain the MTECH car would be penalised so it was just a case of sticking with him and picking up the pieces post-race. It was a great result that sets us up nicely for the final round.”




Late title push for Scuderia Vittoria as sensational enduro win sets up finale

26 09 2011

Lyons struggled with front end grip at Brands Hatch in a dramatic race

Lyons and Bateman are back in the title hunt after a stellar win at Donington

MICHAEL Lyons and Scuderia Vittoria teammate Charles Bateman stormed to a second race win of the season in a testing three-hour enduro at Donington Park to catapult them back into title contention.

The 20-year-old and Bateman took the GT500 by the scruff of the neck in the second half of the race and pulled out a lead over their closest rivals.

The fantastic result leaves Lyons with a shot at British GT glory in his debut season and the championship finale at Silverstone on October 9 is one not to be missed.

Lyons added: “The amazing thing is that this now leaves us firmly back in the championship chase with one round to go. After winning at Oulton Park earlier in the year which seems like such a long time ago, we now have a reasonable chance.

I will do my best to win at Silverstone the last race and just see what happens.”

Bateman started first on a damp and slippery surface and took the car from eighth to fourth before bringing it into the pits for Lyons to take over.

By this time, the circuit was bone dry and slicks were the only option. Lyons immediately set about setting fastest laps before the safety car was out again, this time for a beached Aston Martin.

As soon as the safety car came out Lyons pitted from an astonishing second place – in effect buying the team a free pit stop – a strategy that would pay big dividends at the chequered flag.

Bateman put the laps in and maintained the place and as the safety car came out for the third time, the team pitted on lap 62 to hand back over to Lyons for the last stint.

When Lyons rejoined the race he was in fifth place and a lap down, but the strategy was working well with a whole pit stop in hand to claw back the deficit to those in front.

By lap 85 Lyons was leading having passed cars on track and in the pits and the gap was 37 seconds. The biggest question at this point was whether a splash and dash for fuel would be needed.

Fortunately with some measured driving and fuel management they saw of the MTECH Ferrari 458 and ever present Trackspeed Porsche.

In the closing minutes though the #20 Ferrari spun off the circuit causing a safety car to come out one more time. This meant the lead was reduced to zero and when the safety car came back in, Lyons had to fight extremely hard to hold on to the flag.

Lyons said: “It was a mega race, those last twenty minutes just took forever, I never thought the race would finish. All the safety cars through the race both helped us and hindered us in equal amounts, so I suppose it just evened out really.

“The times in my last stint were great and against some really strong competition, so I’m really pleased with how it has all gone, this really is the race to win in British GT, and to beat the factory drivers too was very satisfying.

“The team have also done a great job all weekend, and the strategy and the way they spotted the opportunity to build a free pit stop was incredible, so I have to say thank you to the guys too.”