“It was mega and the VLN is a really cool championship!” Those were the enthusiastic words of Aston Martin Racing driver Andy Meyrick, 26, after making his debut on the challenging Nürburgring Nordschleife track this weekend. Driving an Aston Martin Vantage GT4 alongside Nürburgring specialists Wolfgang Schuhbauer and Jurgen Stumpf, Meyrick finished 2nd in class and 28th overall from the 150+ entries.
Both qualifying and the four-hour race took place on Saturday (24th September), and all three drivers had to qualify. Having had a super-quick familiarisation with the 24.4 kilometre track on Friday, Meyrick was delighted with the 3rd place result (in class) and even more thrilled with how the race turned out a few hours later.
“It’s an amazing championship,” enthused Andy. “There are big ‘works’ teams such as we’d be used to seeing in international sports cars, and blokes with trailers – all mixed up together. And you’re all mixed up in the pit garages too, with up to six cars in one garage.
“I managed to get up to speed with the track and feel comfortable with it quite quickly and ‘Smurf’, our Aston Martin’s nickname, did us proud. I wasn’t really sure what to expect and was pleasantly surprised by the car; it did everything you wanted it to do and was really quick and reliable. We all drove well and made no mistakes so it was a good result for Aston Martin and for the three of us. In fact, I believe it was their best qualifying result so far.”
“We achieved all our objectives for the weekend, and I’ve now got one VLN finish under my belt. My next race will be at the end of October, with Wolfgang and Jurgen again in ‘Smurf’ and I’m really looking forward to it.”