Geddie and CRS Racing celebrate maiden pole in their new Ferrari 458 at Snetterton

14 05 2011

Glynn Geddie

Geddie took his maiden pole of the season in the new Ferrari 458 © Malcolm Griffiths

CRS Racing and the Geddie family celebrated a pole position at Snetterton in their new Ferrari 458 Italia for the two hour British GT race tomorrow (Sunday 15 May) after clocking a lap half a second faster than the rest of the field.

The pole position represents an impressive turnaround by the CRS team having only taken delivery of their new car on Friday and such a dominant display will delight the father/son driver pairing.

The CRS Ferrari 458 beat the United Autosports Audi R8 of Mike Gausch and Matt Bell and the Rosso Verde Ferrari 430 of Hector Lester and Allan Simonsen into second and third respectively at the Norfolk circuit.

Unpredictable weather in the earlier practice sessions had left fans unsure of who had an ultimate pace but it was Glynn Geddie who posted a 1.50.929 in qualifying before a red flag stopped proceedings.

A Century Motorsport Ginetta G55 stopped out on track and halted the 30 minute qualifying period and the teams returned to the pits before charging out again to try and steal pole.

But it was not to be and Geddie held on for his maiden pole of the season. He told the official site: “We took a bit of a gamble with the set-up and it worked.

“We made good improvements in the session, which is a positive for the team, which has worked so hard today. We only got the car at eight o’clock last night, so to put it on pole is a good reward for them.”

The biggest disappointment was Trackspeed who had been first and second in Free Practice Two but only the #1 car of defending champion David Ashburn and Phil Keen made it into the top 10.

Seeing the Ferrari 458’s pace at the hands of Geddie must have been tough for MTECH Racing and Matt Griffin who managed to qualify fifth but gearbox problems hampered their running in an undoubtedly quick car.

Mallock and Ladas will pair up again the KTM X-Bow

Mallock demonstrated his talent again in the KTM X-Bow taking GT4 pole

Elsewhere, the sole competitor in the GT3-B class, the Ferrari 430 of Aaron Scott and John Dhillon qualified a respectable 15th, only four seconds off the pace of the pole sitter.

In GT4, the impressive Michael Mallock put his KTM X-Bow on pole as the sister ABG Motorsport KTM locked out the front row. The Lotus Evora, in its home county, was third at the hands of Leyton Clarke.

Whilst qualifying well is always important in motorsport, the two hour endurance race tomorrow around a circuit unfamiliar to all the drivers should provide some thrilling racing.

Round 3 Qualifying

GT3

1  CRS Racing Ferrari  Jim Geddie/Glynn Geddie  1m 50.929s

2  United Autosports Audi  Mike Guasch (USA)/Matt Bell  1m 51.398s

3  Rosso Verde Ferrari  Hector Lester/Allan Simonsen (DEN)  1m 51.427s

4  Vantage Racing Aston Martin  Tom Black/Stuart Hall  1m 51.829s

5  MTECH Ferrari  Duncan Cameron/Matt Griffin (IRL)  1m 51.935s

6  Scuderia Vittoria Ferrari  Michael Lyons/Charles Bateman  1m 52.073s

7  Beechdean Aston Martin  Andrew Howard/Jonny Adam  1m 52.210s

8  Predator CCTV Ferrari  Phil Burton/Adam Wilcox  1m 52.251s

9  Chad Racing Ferrari  Iain Dockerill/Steven Kane  1m 52.369s

10  Trackspeed Porsche  David Ashburn/Phil Keen  1m 52.428s etc

GT3B

1  MTECH Ferrari  John Dhillon/Aaaron Scott  1m 55.178s

GT Cup

1  Chevron Racing Chevron  Jordan Witt/Anthony Reid  1m 58.301s

GT4

1  ABG Motorsport KTM  Athanasios Ladas (GRE)/Michael Mallock  1m 59.706s

2  ABG Motorsport KTM  Peter Belshaw/Marcus Clutton  1m 59.725s

3  Lotus Sport UK Lotus  Leyton Clarke/Freddy Nordstrom  2m 00.047s

4  Scuderia Vittoria Ginetta  Dan Denis/David McDonald  2m 01.369s

5  Century Motorsport Ginetta  Josh Wakefield/Jake Rattenbury  2m 02.274s

6  Lotus Sport UK Lotus  Ollie Jackson/Jack Drinkall  2m 02.285s





Westbrook and Ashburn win Race One after exciting season opener at Oulton Park

25 04 2011

Ashburn and Westbrook celebrate Race One victory

Ashburn and Westbrook celebrate Race One victory on the podium

DEFENDING champion David Ashburn and teammate Richard Westbrook steered their Trackspeed Porsche to victory in the opening race of the new British GT season in an enthralling race.

The Trackspeed Porsche which had started second behind the new Ferrari 458 of Michael Lyons and Charles Bateman jumped the leaders during the pit stops and never looked back as Westbrook held off a late charge from Matt Bell in the Audi R8 to win by 1.5 seconds.

Jonathan Adam completed the podium but sadly will not feature in the second race after his Aston Martin engine gave up as he crossed the line, ending his race in a cloud of smoke.

Allan Simonsen’s late surge put his Ferrari 430 Scuderia in fourth as well as carding the fastest lap, a 1.38.635 for the Dane. The debuting Mercedes SLS at the hands of the Jones brothers rounded off a top five made up of all different manufacturers.

The race started with battles forming throughout the field, Hector Lester and Jim Geddie in an all-Ferrari duel, Duncan Cameron in the demoted 458 working his way back up and Michael Guasch attacking the defensive David Jones in the Mercedes SLS.

With 23 laps on the clock Lyons, in the Ferrari 458, was leading from pole but a poor driver switch in the pit lane allowed the #1 Trackspeed Porsche to move into first place now at the hands of the classy Westbrook.

Westbrook looked set to pull away from the field but Bell who had taken over from Guasch held onto the back of him and closed the gap from five seconds down to 1.5 but it was still not enough and the United Autosports Audi had to settle for the second step of the podium.

The pitlane was very busy for the driver changes and played a part in the race outcome

The pitlane was very busy for the driver changes and played a part in the race outcome

It was not all good news for Trackspeed as their second Porsche was running well before being forced out of the race. Gregor Fisken had started well and Tim Bridgman continued their pace but was pushed off the track at Lodge Corner trying to overtake the Mercedes SLS for third place before retiring with a front left puncture at Old Hall.

The squabble for third cost the Mercedes valuable time and allowed Simonsen in the Rosso Verde Ferrari and Adam’s Aston Martin a sniff at the podium. The Mercedes did not have the pace to hold them off and eventually dropped back to fifth in the final standings.

Matt Griffin, in the MTECH Racing Ferrari 458 which had started from the back of the grid, took over from Cameron and continued to push up the field with some searing lap times and ended up in seventh. The pair will be looking for a podium in race two with a higher grid slot.

In GT4, the ABG Motorsport KTM of Peter Belshaw and Marcus Clutton took the honours with Dan Denis and David McDonald in the Ginetta G50 in second. A special mention goes to Michael Mallock who took third in GT4 with Athanasios Ladas after storming up from last in the class to give ABG Motorsport another podium.

The sole GT3B car of Aaron Scott and John Dhillon finished the race 15th overall and the Chevron of Jordan Witt and the popular Anthony Reid came home in the GTC class, a respectable 12th overall.

Race One Results

GT3

1  Trackspeed Porsche  David Ashburn/Richard Westbrook  1h 01m 12.046s / 95.01mph

2  United Autosports Audi  Mike Guasch (USA)/Matt Bell  +1.528s

3  Beechdean Aston Martin  Andrew Howard/Jonny Adam  +28.961s

4  Rosso Verde Ferrari  Hector Lester/Allan Simonsen (DEN)  +29.362s

5  Preci-Spark Mercedes  David Jones/Godfrey Jones  +41.753s

6  Scuderia Vittoria Ferrari  Michael Lyons/Charles Bateman  +43.353s

7  MTECH Ferrari  Duncan Cameron/Matt Griffin (IRL)  +1m 03.783s

8  CRS Racing Ferrari  Jim Geddie/Glynn Geddie  +1m 06.043s

9  Chad Racing Ferrari  Iain Dockerill/Steven Kane  +1m 28.404s

10  Predator CCTV Ferrari  Phil Burton/Adam Wilcox  +1m 29.233s etc

Fastest lap: Simonsen 1m 38.635s / 98.25mph

GT Cup

1  Chevron Racing Chevron  Jordan Witt/Anthony Reid  35 laps

GT3B

1  MTECH Ferrari  John Dhillon/Aaaron Scott  35 laps

GT4

1  ABG Motorsport KTM  Peter Belshaw/Marcus Clutton  34 laps

2  Scuderia Vittoria Ginetta  Dan Denis/David McDonald  34 laps

3  ABG Motorsport KTM  Athanasios Ladas (GRE)/Michael Mallock  34 laps

4  Century Motorsport Ginetta  Josh Wakefield/Jake Rattenbury  34 laps

5  Lotus Sport UK Lotus  Leyton Clarke/Freddy Nordstrom  34 laps





Century Motorsport confirms Ginetta G55 pairing for British GT 2011 GT3 category

23 03 2011

Ginetta G55 in action

Ginetta ran the new G55 at the Media Test Day at Silverstone (racecarbuzz.com)

CENTURY Motorsport have confirmed they will run a pair of new Ginetta G55s in the top GT3 class for 2011 British GT season.

The new version of the popular G50 will be driven by Freddie Hetherington and Formula Renault BARC speedster Jake Rattenbury, who is close to signing the deal a month ahead of the season opener at Oulton Park.

Team boss Nathan Freke, an ex-Formula Ford and Ginetta G50 Cup champion, told Motorsport News: “We’ve wanted to step up from GT4 for a while and the introduction of the new car gives us a perfect chance to do that.”

“This would be a learning year because the car is still going through the homologation process and would be up against some serious machinery.

“But Ginetta has some upgrades planned for the middle of the year that would bring the car up to the pace.”

Hetherington is no stranger to success in the British GT with three victories in the GT4 last year as well as competing in the Ginetta G50 Cup and can’t wait to make the step up to GT3.

He said: “The G55 is everything the G50 was and more. It would be a big step up for me to go up against some of the best drivers in the UK in my second year of racing, but I’d love the challenge.”

The second pairing is unconfirmed but it is believed GT4 regular Ian Stinton is being lined up alongside karting graduate Mike Simpson.





Rookie Dan Denis can’t wait for endurance races in G4 title battle

3 03 2011

Dan Denis

Youngster Dan Denis can't wait for debut season © Jakob Ebrey

BRITISH GT rookie Dan Denis has his sights firmly set on G4 glory this year as he makes the step up from the Ginetta Cup.

Driving for Scuderia Vittoria in a Ginetta G50, Denis, 19, from West Sussex can’t wait to get to grips with the longer endurance events which attracted him to the British GT series.

He told BritishGT: “This is my first year in British GT, but I hope to be challenging for the G4 title.

“I’ve done a year in the Ginetta last year in the G50 Cup but the endurance racing was quite appealing to me, especially this year because they have changed the races to make them longer now with two hour races.

“I’m running with Piers Masarati for Scuderia Vittoria this year and I’m testing his Ferrari later in the year.

“The plan is to challenge in G4 this year and hopefully win that and then move into GT3 with him next year.”

And Denis is well aware of the increased pressures that come with the longer distances but feels he is adequately prepared despite his relative inexperience.

He explained: “The challenge of the longer race and maintaining concentration and the strategy and pit stops involved really appeals to me.

“I’ve done some fitness training in the gym and do quite a lot of swimming to get myself up to fitness so I feel as though I am ready.”

Denis does not have a co-driver yet but revealed that an announcement by Piers Masarati, Scuderia Vittoira Team Manager, is imminent with a Formula Renault driver being lined up.

Dan Denis Ginetta G50

Denis will be driving the Ginetta G50 this year © Jakob Ebrey

One advantage that Denis has over some of his rivals that are running with a new car for the 2011 season is that he will be racing in his Ginetta from last year where he feels right at home.

He revealed: “It’s the same car I used in the G50 Cup but it’s been upgraded for G4 racing.

“The rear wing has been taken off, a different air box has been put on and the wheels are bigger than they were before but the car itself is the same.

“I’ve not had a chance to test it yet but hopefully after the Media Day I’ll have quite a lot of test days.

“I’d like to do some stuff at Silverstone and the new Snetterton layout which looks really interesting.”