Cheshire-based international sports car driver, Andy Meyrick, this weekend proved that his hunger for speed and success is far from diminished by taking the winner’s laurels in three races at the 2011 Silverstone Classic event.
With over 700 of the world’s finest historic racing cars assembled for a packed weekend of 22 races on the Silverstone Grand Prix circuit, including some very fine F1 models and a talented driver line up, the BRDC Superstar was delighted to win both the Grand Prix Masters races held.
On Saturday he took the chequered flag in a 1976 March 761, originally driven by Vittorio Brambilla, 24 seconds ahead of a sensational field of 38 Formula 1 cars from the 1970s and early 1980s. Starting from pole position for both races, which he claimed 2.2 seconds ahead of the second placed competitor, the stars of past and present provided the huge crowds with some exciting racing. In Sunday’s second Grand Prix Masters race, Andy again won but this time by a smaller margin of just three seconds having battled with a slipping clutch throughout.
Meyrick (25) went on to compete in the Group C Endurance races with his father, Peter, in the family-owned, 1989 SE89C Spice Group C2 car. The Meyrick pairing qualified in 15th overall and Andy, driving in Sunday’s event came through the field to third place in just two laps. He held position to the end to take a C2 class win.
“It was a fantastic event,” said Andy afterwards. “It was good fun the whole weekend and great to be driving a racing car again, especially with such good competitors and in front of a big crowd. There was a huge variety of cars and big grids for each of the races. I had two of my mechanics from Aston Martin Racing working on the cars with me this weekend so had to prove myself to them as well as everyone else...they being the hardest task-masters of the lot! Winning was the icing on the cake.”
Andy returns to the Silverstone track tomorrow (Tuesday) as a member of the BRDC Superstar programme. The British Racing Drivers Club is joining with Ferrari UK and the Starlight Foundation to give seriously ill children the thrill of a lifetime – laps with some of Britain’s best young racing drivers around the famous Grand Prix circuit.