British sportscar driver Andy Meyrick had a weekend of mixed fortunes at the first round of the Blancpain Endurance Series (BES) at Monza, as strong lap times and good set up in free practice were marred by a small electrical issue and contact in the race on Sunday (14 April).
In free practice, Andy was first out on track in the Gulf Racing McLaren 12C GT3. As the Pro driver in the Pro-Am pairing with Gulf Racing team co-owner Mike Wainwright, he wanted to get a feel for the car and work on set up for his teammate, who would complete most of the 1.5 hour session.
With set up improving, Andy headed out for the pre-qualifying session, which he led for the first few laps, proving his suitability to the McLaren charger. After ten minutes and in P4 overall, he handed the car to Mike, who continued gathering data and learning how to reach his potential in the car.
The following day, the duo ran in qualifying sessions two and three but traffic from the 60-strong grid made getting a clear lap difficult for both of the drivers leaving Andy struggling to better his 1:50.097 lap.
Andy comments: “The car felt great in warm up and qualifying. It’s a shame I couldn’t get a clear run, but that’s what happens when you race in such a large and highly-competitive championship. Mike did a fantastic job; he drove consistently throughout the sessions and I know we’ll prove to be a great team this season.”
Starting from 19th on the grid, the Pro-Am pairing planned to push hard and work through the busy field, but a small electrical issue meant they were forced to pit several times leaving the #9 car more than three laps behind.
In a bid to close the gap on the back marker, Andy pushed too hard resulting in contact and the end of the race for the British pair.
The next round of the Blancpain Endurance Series is at Gulf Racing and Andy’s home round of the championship; Silverstone International Circuit, on 1/2 June. Follow Andy’s progress at www.andymeyrick.com/news or on Twitter using @andymeyrick.
Blancpain Endurance Series calendar:
1/2 June - Silverstone
29/30 June – Paul Ricard
24/28 July – 24 Hours of Spa
21/22 September – 1000km