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 set to light up Spa 24 in new McLaren alongside other British GT stars

28 07 2011

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

Geddie has been competing for CRS Racing in the British GT and will race for the team in the Spa 24 Hours in the new MP4-12C

CRS Racing’s Glynn Geddie will test himself on the European stage in the Spa 24 Hour endurance event in the brand new McLaren MP4-12C.

The Aberdeen ace, who currently sits second in the British GT title hunt, has been drafted in as part of the Pro-Am driver line-up by his mentor Andrew Kirkaldy.

Kirkaldy, an executive of the McLaren GT division, has played an important role in Geddie’s development this year in the CRS Racing Ferrari 458 and has selected the Scot for the famous enduro.

The McLaren MP4-12C debuted in the British GT at Spa last month with Kirkaldy at the wheel and this latest event marks another step in the development of the GT3 racer for 2012.

Geddie is delighted to be handed the chance and can’t wait to get behind the wheel alongside CRS Racing stablemates Phil Quaife, Adam Christodoulou and Roger Wills.

He said: “I feel honoured to be part of something as special as this with such an innovative car brand as McLaren.

“This is the first model to be converted from a McLaren road car to compete in a 24 hour race since the McLaren F1 GTR at Le Mans back in 1995.

“I’ll be among some esteemed company for the race and I’ll be paying full attention to make sure I learn as much as possible to aid my future development.

“It’s going to be quite a thrill to get behind the wheel of the MP4-12C GT3 and I’m thoroughly looking forward to seeing what it can do at Spa-Francorchamps.”

Matt Griffin and Richard Westbrook, both top British GT competitors, will also compete in the Total 24 Hours of Spa this weekend (July 28-30).

CRS Racing and McLaren plan MP4-12C race debut for British GT at Spa in July

27 05 2011

The new McLaren MP4-12C could be amongst the Britsh GT runners in Spa

The new McLaren MP4-12C could be amongst the British GT runners in Spa

PLANS are shaping up with CRS Racing and McLaren to run the new MP4-12C GT3 in Rounds Five and Six of the British GT at Spa in July.

The new GT3 challenger is being developed between the two teams with an official debut set for the Spa 24-hour endurance race in late July.

But CRS Racing boss Andrew Kirkaldy revealed that the car could be on show in the British GT to get some race mileage on the car.

The McLaren MP4-12C was due to race in the Blancpain Endurance Series at Navarra last weekend but a late call was made to focus on testing and delay the race debut.

CRS Racing, who were robbed of victory at Snetterton in the last round of the British GT, will now appeal to the organisers for special dispensation to allow development drivers Oliver Turvey and Alvaro Parente to race.

British GT rules do not allow two experienced professional drivers to compete in the same car, focusing on having a professional and a gentleman driver pairing.

Kirkaldy added: “It would be ideal to race the car before Spa, but we are not sure exactly where.

“There’s a British GT race at Spa three weeks before the 24 Hours and there’s a strong possibility we will do that.”