With just over a week to go until the 79th running of the famous 24 Hours of Le Mans, Britain’s Andy Meyrick can’t wait to be back at Le Mans for another crack at the jewel in the crown of international sports car racing.
That he will be racing in a manufacturer-led programme, in the new AMR-One LMP1 from the Aston Martin Racing stable, is partly due to his highly impressive performance in the 2010 running of the twice-round-the-clock classic. Driving for the French Team ORECA Matmut, he finished as top rookie and took the honour of being the first petrol-powered car behind the three podium-placed Audi diesels.
Twenty-five-year-old Andy, who lives in Cheshire, England, is buoyed by the recent progress made in testing and is looking forward to completing some racing laps on the 14 km Sarthoise track which is most comprised of public roads.
He explains why: “Up until now [news released today about the FIA World Endurance Championship from 2012 onwards] we haven’t had a World Championship in prototype racing but Le Mans is the nearest we get to it. It’s definitely the crown jewel that everyone aspires to claim – whether you’re a driver, a mechanic or a team owner. In my mind, Le Mans is the toughest, and definitely the greatest, race in the world and emotionally it’s the most incredible experience and challenge you can go through.
“The only way to achieve success is for the whole team unit to work in perfect harmony and to have a perfect race.” Andy continues. “I’m really looking forward to going back to Le Mans as it’s all part of a great learning experience and the only racing laps I’ve done so far this year have been in a Group C race at Donington. I’m itching to get racing!
“I had a very successful debut at Le Mans last year, and did a good enough job in the Silverstone 1000 Km race for AMR to get the opportunity to drive with a factory team in 2011. My objective is to be successful there and ultimately win the race – whether that’s this year or in the future we’ll soon see.”
Meyrick will be sharing the cockpit of AMR-One 009 with the highly experienced Adrian Fernandez of Mexico and Harold Primat of Switzerland. Practice begins on Wednesday, 8th June at 1600 hrs (CET).