In just his fourth weekend as a competitor in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB, Andy Meyrick continued with his strong form and came away from Silverstone with two top six finishes, adding to the points tally he has amassed in the last three race meetings.
Andy, 27, was looking forward to racing in his LINDBERG-supported Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car on Silverstone’s 1.64-mile National Circuit, a track he is very familiar with. The Cheshire-based racer started the penultimate race weekend of the season in promising form and went on to qualify for the two races in seventh and eighth places on the super-competitive grid. He had every reason to believe that he would have been able to qualify higher for both races if it hadn’t been for a mechanical issue which hampered the handling and performance of the No.18 Team Parker Racing car.
With thick fog hanging over the Northamptonshire track on Sunday morning, the Porsche Carrera Cup GB’s 28-lap race was delayed for 45 minutes, with competitors frustratingly having to sit on the grid waiting for the sun to start burning through. As it began the clear, the green light was given and Andy was clean away for the first of the weekend’s two races. The MSA Academy coach managed to steer clear of any trouble and put in a measured performance to hold off the pursuing pack, finishing in fifth place – the highest placed amongst Team Parker Racing’s five entries.
The second part of the Silverstone double-header took place in dry but cloudy conditions, and Andy once again battled hard to make up two positions, never losing contact with the leaders but unable to make up any further ground. Conscious of conserving his tyres and avoiding any contact which might lead to punctures, Andy drove hard but sensibly to bring the distinctive LINDBERG Porsche home in sixth position.
Andy commented afterwards: “It was a solid weekend, despite our issue in qualifying, and we went forward in both races which is the main thing. In reality, qualifying dictated the results of the weekend which made it difficult from then on. It was difficult to overtake, given how close everything was, but you have to be satisfied with what you have – two finishes with points is good. I’m now looking forward to going to Brands Hatch and the Grand Prix circuit – it’s a mega place to race.”
The final round of the Porsche Carrera Cup will be at Brands Hatch in Kent on 20th/21st October.