Andy Meyrick helped DeltaWing Racing to show the potential of its new and revolutionary racing car this weekend (16 March) before an issue with the engine brought its season debut to an early finish at the Six Hours of Sebring in Florida.
The DeltaWing rose to fame last year when its revolutionary design paved the way for sports car racing of the future. Now with a new 345bhp Elan engine under the super-light weight shell, the car is competing in the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) with Andy behind the wheel.
The season started well for the team when Andy tested the car at Road Atlanta. “I was pleasantly surprised,” the 27-year old from Delamere said. “As a driver, when you see something as different as the DeltaWing, in your head you’re a little bit more nervous than going into a new car. But you get in and it does everything and a lot more than what a conventional race car can do. It’s still a learning process. You’re not going to get up to speed in 25 laps or so but, I feel very comfortable with it and it’s a good place to go forward.”
At the first round of the championship, the Six Hours of Sebring, Andy and teammate Olivier Pla (FR) showed that the car was deserving of its place in the series’ highest class, LMP1. In the warm up for the race, Andy was sixth fastest on track; a position that the team had only dreamed of reaching at the beginning of the weekend.
Andy was chosen to start the race, while teammate Pla watched from the pits; a place that the Frenchman never got to leave as the DeltaWing hit troubles early on in the race and the car’s debut was brought to an abrupt end.
"Our goal was simply to finish the race," said Andy. "We didn’t know what the car was going to do here and Sebring is notoriously difficult in terms of handling. We have made a lot of progress and come away with a good deal of data and information about the Bridgestone tyres and how the new evolution DeltaWing performs. We can see potential in the car and the team has done a fantastic job in a very short period of time. There were flashes of a potentially strong performance in warm up and so no doubt, given time, the car will be a competitive package.”
Follow Andy’s progress throughout the 2013 season on his website www.andymeyrick.com/news and on his Twitter feed using @andymeyrick.