Britain’s newest sports car star, Andy Meyrick, will be fulfilling a lifetime’s ambition in June this year when he makes his debut in the 24 Hours of Le Mans – the jewel in the crown of international sports car racing. Driving for AIM Team ORECA in the ORECA 01 Le Mans Prototype, Andy will be teamed with French aces Soheil Ayari and Didier André.
The 24-year-old from Cheshire will be using all the prototype experience he gained in 2009 with the Kolles Audi R10 TDI and, more recently, with Dyson Racing in their Mazda-powered Lola B09/86 coupé. Prior to his move to sports cars, he raced in Formula Ford and Formula Renault before moving up the prestigious British F3 Championship in 2008, a series in which he distinguished himself by scoring seven victories and nine pole positions in twelve races.
“To do Le Mans for the first time with such a well-known and respected team as ORECA is just like a dream,” says the British driver. “I’d like to thank Hugues de Chaunac for giving me the opportunity to compete at Le Mans with one of the most iconic teams in the business.
“Up to now I’ve only seen the race as a spectator, since I was four years old! I had my first taste of the ORECA 01 at the test days on the Paul Ricard HTTT circuit a month or so ago, and I found it fantastic. With my two experienced teammates I’m sure we’ll be competitive. I’ve already raced on Dunlop tyres and I hope I’ll be able to make a big contribution to the team.”
The ORECA 01, with Andy Meyrick and Soheil Ayari at the wheel, will take part in the tyre testing session organised by Dunlop next week to pursue its preparation for the Sarthe classic.