Despite an early drive through penalty Jim and Glynn Geddie recorded a fifth place finish in the Avon Tyres British GT Championship event at Donington Park, extended their lead at the top of the championship points with just one race left.
The penalty came half an hour into the race, though the offence actually occurred before the green flag when Jim Geddie drove through the pitlane for an extra sighting lap on the slippery track.
Jim took the penalty, dropping to ninth place in the process, and handed control of the Apex Tubulars sponsored CRS Racing Ferrari 458 over to son Glynn after 48 minutes of the race. The 21-year-old moved the car up the order, fifth under the first safety car intervention and second by the time he made the second of their mandatory three driver change stops.
The elder Geddie kept the car in the top five, getting back onto the lead lap under the second safety car when the other CRS Racing car got stuck in the Esses gravel trap.
A 56 minute second stint by Glynn kept the car on the lead lap, finishing fifth. The result means they now have an eight point lead at the top of the championship over the Mtech team of Duncan Cameron and Matt Griffin, who finished third. Matt Bell and Michael Guasch now lie third, 11 points in arrears.
The final round of the championship takes place at Silverstone on October 7-8, but with 37.5 points on offer for victory in the two hour victory the destination of the 2011 title remains unknown.
“I’m satisfied with our weekend’s work at Donington and we can now really look forward to Silverstone,” said Glynn. “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 final finale before yet another season comes to an end.”