Current Historic Group C Racing Champion and former Aston Martin Racing factory driver, Andy Meyrick, returned the AMR name to the winner’s circle at Donington this weekend and became the only driver to pilot both the original AMR1 and Aston Martin Racing’s 2011 AMR-One prototype.
The 26-year-old Cheshire-based driver took a solo victory in the Group C Sportscar race at the Donington Historic Festival driving the iconic AMR1/05 Group C car. Run in its heyday by Aston Martin and Ecurie Ecosse under the Protech banner, in the hands of names such as Brian Redman, David Sears and the late David Leslie, the AMR1/05 chassis is currently the only one of the original five built still racing in Europe.
The car’s long-time owner, a highly-delighted Paul Whight, was present at Donington to see his car take the chequered flag in a tightly fought race which saw Meyrick come home ahead of the Spice SE88 of Mike Donovan and Bob Berridge’s Lancia. A late safety car period closed up the field and ensured an exciting finish for competitors and fans alike.
Andy was equally pleased with the result and noted, “I had to work a bit harder for that win than I thought I’d have to! It was flat out the whole way but mega fun. The car, which was run for Paul by Damax, hasn’t been out for a while so it was the best possible return to the track for everyone. Paul was over the moon to see it doing so well.”
Having gone through a dry/wet qualifying session on Saturday, which yielded a front row starting position, Andy led the 60-minute race for all but a brief period when pit stops re-shuffled the order. He regained it from second-place finisher Mike Donovan and was never again headed during the race.