Aston Martin Racing driver, Andy, this weekend completed his second VLN race on the legendary Nürburgring Nordschleife track as part of preparations for entry in the Nürburgring 24 Hour race next May. Driving an Aston Martin Vantage GT4 alongside Aston Martin GT4 regulars, James Appleby and Ant Scragg, Meyrick finished 2nd in class and 28th overall from the 170 entries.
The race meeting followed its traditional format with the starting grid being based on a timed practice session which took place on Saturday morning between 08:30 and 10:00hrs. The British trio qualified fourth in class on the challenging 24.4 kilometre track and, just two hours later, lined up amongst the 174 starting drivers. The race was the final round of the 2011 season.
After making a storming start, leapfrogging ten drivers in front of him in just two laps, Andy handed over the Aston Martin to his team mates while holding the class lead. The Cheshire-based man was then able to sit back and watch the remainder of the four-hour event until the last three laps, which he completed.
“I’m really happy with how this weekend has gone,” he reflected. “Track conditions were pretty tricky at times, but the whole team did a great job and we can be satisfied with second place.
“The Aston Martin V12 Vantage has been a real pleasure to drive. I was able to push the car hard in my first stint to get us into the lead and the car was both consistent and great fun to drive. I am exceptionally happy to have completed my qualification races at the ‘Green Hell’ and I can't wait to come back here again next year!”
Andy now heads for China for the 6 Hours of Zhuhai where he will once again be representing the Aston Martin Racing factory team alongside Stefan Mücke and Harold Primat. The final round of the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup takes place on Saturday, 12th November.