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.”

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Mortimer leads field in FP1 after a close session at an overcast Rockingham

3 09 2011

Mortimer led FP1 in the CRS Racing Ferrari 458 which is sporting a fresh livery at Rockingham this weekend

Mortimer led FP1 in the CRS Racing Ferrari 458 which is sporting a fresh livery at Rockingham this weekend

ALEX Mortimer set the fastest time of free practice one at an overcast but crucially dry Rockingham and with just one second covering the top nine a close race is in the offing for Sunday.

Mortimer set the fastest time of the morning in his newly painted #11 CRS Racing Ferrari 458 – 1:19.488 – and all the top cars were running below last year’s qualifying time; a sure sign of how much the championship has moved forward in the last 12 months.

Mortimer’s CRS colleague, Glynn Geddie, had set the early pace in the session, but a power-steering pump failure mid-way through the session prevented any further improvement.

But while the 458s were running well, second and third places were occupied by Trackspeed Porsche’s – Phil Keen’s 1:19.622 in the #1 997 GT3 R being just over a tenth quicker than Tim Bridgman’s best in the #2 car. He in turn was just 0.029s quicker than the #21 MTECH 458, with Geddie fifth and Allan Simonsen sixth in the older #3 Rosso Verde Ferrari 430 Scuderia.

The Ginetta G55 contingent had some new, but familiar, faces. Martin Short and 2008 British GT4 champion Matt Nicoll-Jones were getting their first taste of the #18 Rollcentre car, while the #28 Century Motorsports G55 contained Jody Firth and Stefan Hodgetts. The latter had to deal with a snapped alternator belt, but ended the session as the quickest GT3 Ginetta.

GT4 was led by the ABG Motorsport KTM X-Bow, with Marcus Clutton’s 1:25.293 being three quarters of a second faster than the #42 Century Motorsports Ginetta G50 of Jake Rattenbury and Josh Wakefield.

The # 50 Scuderia Vittoria Ginetta improved to third on the final lap, moving clear of the two Lotus Sport UK Evoras, which seemed to be struggling to adapt to the ‘roval’ circuit.

The only incident on track was a spin for the #24 United Autosports Audi R8 LMS at the Chapman Curve. The car was able to continue undamaged and ended the session in ninth. The championship-leading #23 Audi of Matt Bell and Mike Guasch ended FP1 in seventh, 0.786s behind Mortimer.

Those mechanical gremlins that did strike appeared to be minor, and all the cars are expected to be ready for the second session at 11:45.

Free Practice 1

GT3

1  CRS Racing Ferrari  Andrew Tate/Alex Mortimer  1m 19.488s

2  Trackspeed Porsche  David Ashburn/Phil Keen  1m 19.622s

3  Trackspeed Porsche  Gregor Fisken/Tim Bridgman  1m 19.753s

4  MTECH Ferrari  Duncan Cameron/Matt Griffin (IRL)  1m 19.782s

5  CRS Racing Ferrari  Jim Geddie/Glynn Geddie  1m 20.135s

6  Rosso Verde Ferrari  Hector Lester/Allan Simonsen (DEN)  1m 20.214s etc

GT3B

1  MTECH Ferrari  John Dhillon/Aaron Scott  1m 23.142s

GT4

1  ABG Motorsport KTM  Peter Belshaw/Marcus Clutton  1m 25.293s

2  Century Motorsport Ginetta  Josh Wakefield/Jake Rattenbury  1m 26.038s

3  Scuderia Vittoria Ginetta  Dan Denis/David McDonald  1m 27.364s

4  Lotus Sport UK Lotus  Ollie Jackson/Phil Glew  1m 27.480s

5  Lotus Sport UK Lotus  Leyton Clarke/Freddy Nordstrom  1m 28.088s