Andy Meyrick will make his first on-track outing in 2011 this weekend for Aston Martin Racing at the 24 Hours of Le Mans official test day on Sunday, 24th April.
Driving the new AMR-One LMP1 open cockpit prototype, number 009, 25-year-old Meyrick will be teamed with the highly experienced Adrian Fernandez of Mexico and Harold Primat of Switzerland. Aston Martin Racing, once again bearing the iconic blue and orange Gulf Oil livery, is looking to continue with the test and development programme it has been running since the launch of the car at the beginning of March.
The Cheshire-based driver, who competed with Aston Martin Racing at the Silverstone 1000 Km last September, has been part of the regular roster of test drivers over recent weeks, and is looking forward to returning to the famous 14 kilometre Le Mans track in the Sarthe area of France. Meyrick finished fourth overall on his debut at Le Mans last year in the Team ORECA Matmut LMP1 – the first non-diesel finisher in the race.
“We are continuing to develop the AMR-One further before the 24 Hour race in June,” he said, “and this will be the first time we’ve run two cars so we’re confident the additional feedback will help accelerate things. We hope all the testing we’ve done, especially the endurance test at Paul Ricard, has paid off and I hope to help the team as much as possible. Personally I’m really excited to go back to Le Mans; I’ve fond memories of the place for obvious reasons.”
Andy goes to France fresh from competing in the Virgin London Marathon for the BRDC-entered team raising money for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust. He completed his first ever 26.2 miles in 3 hours 50 minutes 23 seconds but enjoyed the experience so much, despite the pain, that he’s determined to return to better the time.
“It was unbelievably hard!” said the Welsh-born driver. “I was aiming for a much better time but went off too fast for the quite warm conditions and didn’t pace myself particularly well. It was a fantastic experience though, very humbling, and really made me think about other people. The crowd were amazing, cheering you on, and the other runners too were incredibly supportive. About three miles from the end, when I was really struggling, another runner wearing a CF Trust vest (but not a BRDC member) came up and put an arm round me and said “come on mate, you can do it”. That got me to the end.”
The BRDC team raised over £40,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust (www.justgiving.com/brdc-marathon2011).