- Two second places and a pole position for United Autosports at Snetterton
- Fastest lap for McLaren MP4-12C GT3 in second GT Cup race
- Puncture in second race ruins chance of a third podium during the weekend
United Autosports finished second in two of the three races at Snetterton in the fourth round of the GT Cup this weekend (19-20 July)
Jim Geddie scored a fastest lap in the second race of the weekend and started from pole position in the third, holding onto the lead until the final lap when a mistake passing lapped traffic meant Shaun Balfe found his way past the McLaren MP4-12C GT3.
In the first 45-minute race of the weekend held on Saturday, Jim started on the front row of the grid and took the lead from the start. At the halfway mark, Jim made his way into the pits for the compulsory pit stop, which included a 35-second success penalty from his wins at Silverstone, and rejoined the track to finish the race in second.
In Sunday’s first 20-minute race, Jim started on the front row again and held his position until a puncture under the safety car caused by debris on the track dropped him down the order. He made his way back through the field and finished fifth. Scoring a fastest lap in race two meant Jim started the third race in pole position. Jim held onto the lead but a mistake on the final lap passing lapped traffic meant Balfe found a way past him. Two second places over the weekend mean some more valuable points for the team.
The next round of the GT Cup will be at Silverstone on 16-17 August.
Jim Geddie, Driver, United Autosports:
“It has been good to get back in the car again this weekend, it seems like ages since the last round. We continued where we left off with our good form starting on the front row in all three races. Two podiums, which could have been three had it not been for the puncture in race two, is a good result for the weekend and the championship.”
Richard Dean, Team Owner and Managing Director, United Autosports:
“Another good weekend for the team and a good result for the McLaren. It is frustrating that Jim got a puncture in race two as we were on for another podium, but two second places is still a great result for the whole team, especially as we had a 35-second success penalty in the first race pit stop. We are looking forward to the next round at Silverstone in August. Hopefully we can score some more wins like we did last time we were there.”