Former British Touring Car driver Glynn Geddie will return to the series ahead of Rockingham this weekend driving one of the AMD with Autoaid/RCIB Insurance Racing MG’s – which in the hands of fellow Scot Rory Butcher has had some great race results so far this season.
Aberdeen racer Geddie has enjoyed an impressive career to date having enjoyed championship success in multiple series throughout the years.
Winner of the Pro-Am2 and Pro-Am1 titles in consecutive seasons in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB, Geddie then switched to GT racing in 2011 as part of the Trackspeed assault on the GT3 class – taking four wins to finish second in the championship standings.
A switch to CRS Racing and Ferrari the following season saw him secure the championship crown alongside father Jim, with the pair then picking up more silverware following a move into European competition with United Autosports – lifting the crown in the Benelux-based Supercar Challenge series in 2013.
After the previous seasons’ success with United Autosports, Geddie found himself driving one of their Toyota Avensis’ in the BTCC in 2014 partnering up with James Cole. Unfortunately, due to a drink driving charge, Geddie was sacked about half way through the season.
Since then, Geddie has raced in various other championships, most recently in the Porsche GT3 Cup in the Middle East.
On his return to the series, Geddie said, ““I raced in the Middle East over the winter and have been looking at the options available for a programme since then. I’d been speaking to Rory about the BTCC, and when the MG drive became available, it was at the right time for both my sponsors RAM Tubulars and I to try and sort a deal.”
He admitted, “I feel I have some unfinished business with the BTCC and it’s great to have a chance to return to the series. I know it will be a big learning curve as I haven’t raced a front-wheel drive car since my part-season in the Toyota, and I know it might take me a little longer to get back up to speed than if I was jumping into one of the rear-wheel drive sportscars I have raced for most of my career. Realistically, the Rockingham weekend will be a bit of a test for me ahead of a big weekend on home soil at Knockhill, but my aim is to work with Rory and the team to work my way forwards in each session and see how I get on.”
He concluded, “I’ve got to say thanks to Shaun and the team, as well as RCIB and Autoaid, for the chance to return to the BTCC and I can’t wait to get started.”
As a new entrant to the series, Geddie will have to carry 45kg’s of success ballast during Qualifying and the first race.
Geddie’s teammate Rory Butcher has had ten points finishes so far this season, the Scot’s first full one having come in to replace Luke Davenport at Motorbase for the second half of last year – showing some impressive pace. However, Rory had a turbulent weekend at Snetterton last time out with a mechanical issue and then being the victim of multiple bouts of contact preventing him from getting into the points-paying positions, something which he hopes he can do this weekend.
“Snetterton was a frustrating weekend for me as we had a real opportunity to score some good points and didn’t due to circumstances outside our control.” Rory said. “But I have to just put that weekend behind me now and try and hope that luck will be more on our side at Rockingham.”
He continued, “I’m going there feeling positive as I think it is a circuit that will suit the MG and I see no reason why we can’t look to challenge for some decent points finishes. It’s also the first circuit we’ll visit this season where I have raced a touring car before, which can only benefit me as I’ll have an idea of things like how the tyres are going to perform across the races.”
He concluded, “I have a good feeling about this weekend and it’s great to be going there as part of an all-Scottish driver line-up alongside Glynn. We’ve known each other for years and have raced each other a number of times, and I feel he will be a good addition to the team.”
Team Principle Shaun Hollamby commented, “We’re pleased to welcome Glynn Geddie into the team and it’s great to have two Scottish drivers together in the team when we have the meeting at Knockhill coming up later in the month. Glynn is a driver who has enjoyed success in a range of championships during his career so far, and I feel confident that he will be able to challenge for some strong results when he gets up to speed in the MG.”
He also admitted, “It will be tough for him this weekend at Rockingham with the extra weight and the fact it will be his first time in the car, so the focus is very much of maximising his track time to learn as much as possible.”
Speaking about Rory’s prospects of the weekend ahead, Hollamby said, “For Rory, there is no doubting that Snetterton was a disappointing weekend through no fault of his own, but we are confident that he can continue to push for points this weekend and secure some more strong results to add to those we have seen already this season.”
AMD with Autoaid/RCIB Insurance Racing currently sit thirteenth in the teams’ standings and seventh in the Independent teams’ whilst Rory sits twentieth in the drivers’ championship and thirteenth in the independent drivers’ championship.
By Jordan Hollands