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Despite Gearbox Geddie Gets British GT Runner-Up Spot

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Glynn Geddie clinched second in the British GT Championship with a second place finish in the final race of the season – a two-hour, into the night, race at Donington Park.

While Geddie's teammate David Ashburn had already done enough to take the drivers' title at the previous round at Brands Hatch the Trackspeed pair still needed to beat the Mtech Ferrari of Matt Griffin and Duncan Cameron to protect Geddie's two point grip on second place.

The race underway is tricky conditions after a brief rain shower Ashburn was in a battle for the lead with Cameron, starting the Mtech car and Benji Hetherington in one of the Chad Racing Ferraris. It was Hetherington on his GT3 debut who led much of the first half of the race, but Geddie who took the lead soon after he had taken the controls from Ashburn.

The early symptoms of gearbox problems dropped Geddie back to second behind Stephen Jelley (who had taken over where Hetherington left off). Jelley's race was to come to a premature end with terminal gearbox damage, however, a puncture on the same lap kept Geddie from taking the lead, the Scot now behind Matt Griffin in the Mtech car who had taken the lead.

But Griffin too was suffering gearbox problems and Geddie was able to retake the lead with relative ease back into the lead. Both drivers would succumb to Allan Simonsen in the Rosso Verde Ferrari on route to the win, but crucially Geddie – marooned in fourth gear for the closing laps – was able to stay ahead of Griffin to finish six seconds adrift of Simonsen at the flag.

“That was an extremely tough race and there were times I thought the car wouldn’t make it to the finish but it held on to the end thankfully,” admitted Geddie. “I’m very happy, and relieved, to finish my first season in British GT with the best championship result I could have had, after having not competed in the opening two rounds. MTECH have pushed us all season so credit to them, but I have to say a huge thank you to David and everyone at Trackspeed who have given it their all no matter what – together we achieved a championship 1-2, so we couldn’t have asked for more and it was thoroughly well deserved.”

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