Aston Martin Racing driver Andy Meyrick will be making his debut in the VLN endurance racing championship at the infamous Nürburgring Nordschleife track in Germany this coming weekend, with a view to participation in the 24-hour race at the same track in June next year.
Driving an Aston Martin Vantage GT4, the 26-year-old from Cheshire, England will be partnering Wolfgang Schuhbauer and Jurgen Stumpf in the four hour race which begins at 12 noon on Saturday, 24th September. Schuhbauer is Aston Martin’s Nürburgring Test Centre Director, and an expert on the 24.4 kilometre (15.2 mile) circuit, while Stumpf is a seasoned Nürburgring pilot who this year competed with Aston Martin in the 24 Hour race alongside one of Meyrick’s fellow Aston Martin Racing drivers, Darren Turner.
One of the longest and most daunting tracks in the world, set amongst the Eifel mountains, the Nordschleife was nicknamed the ‘Green Hell’ by Jackie Stewart as the frequent rain keeps the surrounding forest green but also plays havoc with the racing.
The BRDC Superstar will need to get up to speed with the 33 left-hand and 40 right-hand turns, unforgiving cambers and varying road surfaces that make up each lap in a one-hour open test session on Friday afternoon. Qualifying is at 8:45 am on Saturday morning so the weekend’s schedule is extremely compact.
Meyrick, who has been keeping himself race sharp since Le Mans with historic racing and testing in a variety of different cars, can’t wait to go racing for Aston Martin again. “I’m excited to be going to the Nürburgring and race with Aston Martin. It will be a good challenge and is likely to be very entertaining – I’m thankful that I’ll be in good, experienced hands with Wolfgang and Jurgen as there’s a lot to get to grips with in a short space of time.”
In line with regulations for rookies, Andy will have to take part in two VLN races prior to the 24-hour race, and his second race is due to take place in October.