Cheshire’s Andy Meyrick this weekend enjoyed a double celebration on the first of a busy few weekends of racing. Together with his father, Peter, the 26-year-old won the C2 class of the final round of the Historic Group C Racing series at the Autodromo do Algarve in Portimao, Portugal and wrapped up the championship at the same time. The Meyricks have taken class victories at four of the six races in the 2011 season and have been on the podium five times.
Driving a 1989 Group C2 Spice, originally designed by Graham Humphrey, this is the first full season that Peter and Andy have raced together. The latter has balanced the historic events with his commitments to Aston Martin Racing’s LMP1 and GT programmes and feels he’s greatly benefited from the experiences.
“This was our first year racing the Spice,” notes Andy, “and I’ve been really impressed with its outright pace and performance, especially compared with the bigger C1 cars and we’ve been able to challenge them for the overall lead on numerous occasions. There are some very good drivers in the championship and I think we’ve done really well against them all, with good overall pace throughout the year. It was a great team effort and I like to think I’ve brought some of the experiences I’ve had with Aston Martin Racing to the organisation and running of Team AMR. It’s very cool to win a championship with my dad, and I’m really proud of what we’ve achieved this year.”
Andy now heads to Germany for the second of the VLN races with Aston Martin at the Nürburgring required to qualify him for the 2012 Nürburgring 24 Hours. After that he heads to China for the final round of the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup with the Aston Martin Racing team. Andy will be driving a Lola Aston Martin with Stefan Mücke and Harold Primat in the 6 Hours of Zhuhai and the trio will be hoping to improve upon the podium finish secured at the penultimate round of the series at Road Atlanta at the beginning of October.