Andy Meyrick found himself on the third step of the American Le Mans Series Monterey podium on Saturday (11 May), despite the DeltaWing Racing Cars charger facing some development issues.
The week started out with a test session at Buttonwillow Raceway, California, where the 27-year old worked closely with his new team-mate for the race, Katherine Legge (GB), to re-introduce her to sports car racing and to prepare the car for the race ahead. The session went well and the team headed north to Monterey.
When they arrived at Laguna Seca for the third round of the American Le Mans Series (ALMS), it was Andy who completed qualifying and he was happy with posting the 15th fastest time on the 36-strong grid.
“I was happy with qualifying”, said Andy. “I got a nice clear run and I couldn’t have gone any quicker. It felt fast and was technically very good.”
Although qualifying in 15th, Legge started the Elan-engined DeltaWing from the back of the grid due to her lack of official time on the track ahead of the race.
After 63 laps of racing, Legge handed the less than perfect car over to Andy. Electrical issues had marred the session and it was unfortunately not going to get any better. Despite this, Andy pressed on, manipulating the car to get the most out of it, alongside the team, which worked relentlessly to keep it on track.
Finally, after Andy’s 41st lap in the car, the issues worsened and DeltaWing Racing Cars decided to retire the #0 car. “Yes, we retired the car, but we completed 104 laps, which is 233 miles - we have come a long way from where we were at Sebring,” commented Andy after the race. “The team has done an unbelievable job to develop and improve it in just a matter of weeks.
“Last time I was here, I was on the podium with Dyson Racing – that means I have a 100 per cent podium success rate here at Laguna Seca. It’s also the first podium in the ALMS for the DeltaWing so it’s great to be part of its history; I didn’t expect us to be up there this weekend. The real achievement is seeing the car classify in a four-hour race. It’s where we hoped we’d be at this point in the season.”
Andy will next race the DeltaWing at the fourth round of the ALMS, the American Le Mans Series North East Grand Prix in Connecticut, New England on the 6 July. Follow his progress throughout 2013 on his website www.andymeyrick.com/news or on Twitter using @andymeyrick.