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.”