In only his second Porsche Carrera Cup GB race, and on his debut at the Knockhill track in Scotland, Andy Meyrick endured a challenging weekend and few racing laps to show for his efforts.
In his LINDBERG-supported Team Parker Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car, Andy quickly got to grips in practice with the 1.27 mile undulating circuit, Scotland’s premier motor racing venue. However, as the qualifying session approached, the notoriously fickle local weather came into play and a heavy rain shower effectively cut the session short just after the halfway point. While some of his rivals had managed to use two sets of new tyres during the session, Andy was unfortunately unable to fit his second set before the rain arrived and was therefore somewhat hampered by conditions in his bid for a top qualifying spot. His fastest and second fastest times would put him in seventh place on the grid for the weekend’s two races.
In the first race the Cheshire-based driver moved up to sixth, but was later involved in a racing incident with local hero and Knockhill racing instructor, Rory Butcher. The clash occurred just after a safety car period had come to a close and, on the re-start, Andy went too deep on the brakes into T1 and unfortunately caught the rear of Butcher which span him off the track. Although Andy was able to continue and crossed the finish line in sixth place, he was found by the Stewards of the Meeting to have been responsible for the incident and was excluded from the results of Race One.
Determined to put Race One firmly behind him, Andy was looking forward to the second of the weekend’s 32-laps of fast action and had made a good start. He was up to fourth place by the third turn on the first lap when contact was made by another competitor which speared Andy off the track and into the guard rails. Game over.
“It’s been a while since I had such a bad weekend,” reflected Andy, “but you’ve got to take the rough with the smooth in racing. There was obviously no intention to make any contact with anyone at the restart in race one, it was a genuine mistake so I feel a bit aggrieved with the exclusion as I feel that was a very harsh penalty. I’ve got to put all that behind me now and I know what I’ve got to do to make it right. Our next race is at Rockingham in Northamptonshire which is a circuit I know well and like so I’ll be planning on bouncing back and chalking up some more points.”
The next round of the Porsche Carrera Cup will be at Rockingham Motor Speedway in Northamptonshire on 22nd/23rd September.