Chester-born racing driver Andy Meyrick lost the chance to fight for a top finish at his home race at Silverstone yesterday, despite showing exceptional speed. In the second round of the Blancpain Endurance Series at the home of British motorsport, Andy's race was ruined by the failure of a wheel nut in the pit stop where team-mate Guy Smith handed the car to him. The problem was fixed quickly by Andy's Bentley Team M-Sport crew, but still cost a minute - dropping the car from P4 on the track to P24.
Andy immediately set about recovering as many places as possible, deploying impeccable racecraft and impressive pace to climb eight places over the course of this hour-long stint, eventually handing his Bentley Continental GT3 to third team-mate Steven Kane in P16. Steven was able to climb an additional seven places to bring the car in to the top ten and finish P9.
After the chequered flag, Andy said: “My stint was about making as much progress through the Pro-Am cars as possible. The balance of the car was good, and I had plenty of overtaking to do which meant an exciting stint. In clear air the car was really strong and I was really happy to gain eight places, which meant Steven could push for the top ten. We pulled together as a team despite the circumstances, and that’s a real positive.”
"In racing you always need speed and luck - today we had one but not the other. Guy and Steven drove brilliantly, and together we made the best of an unfortunate race. There are still many positives to take away from here though - we were right on the pace, scored some points, and can look forward to the next race where I hope we can get back on the podium."
Andy now starts preparation for his next event, the 1000 km race at Paul Ricard in southern France that forms the third round of the Blancpain Endurance Series on 19th-20th June.