British sportscar racer Andy Meyrick finished just outside the top ten in the highly competitive GT Pro-Am class at the third round of the Blancpain Endurance Series at Paul Ricard yesterday (30 June 2013) in his Gulf Racing McLaren 12C GT3.
With a full grid of 60 cars, getting a clean run was the challenge in Saturday’s qualifying session but Andy recorded a 2:08.729 to position himself and team-mate Mike Wainwright 20th on the Pro-Am grid.
After Mike started the race, Andy took over and climbed the Gulf Racing McLaren 12C GT3 through the pack, enabling Mike to cross the finish line in 11th place.
“Getting a clear run in qualifying was a challenge”, comments Andy. “But’s that’s always the case in BES because the grid is so healthy. I’m pleased that we managed to improve so much on our qualifying position during the race.
“The McLarens struggled a little at Silverstone, but this weekend at Paul Ricard the 12C GT3 was much better suited to the track. We were able to get much more out of the car and the tyres, which allowed both Mike and I to put in some great laps.”
Andy next races at Lime Rock for the fourth round of the American Le Mans Series, the Northeast Grand Prix, in the DeltaWing Racing machine this weekend (5/6 July). Qualifying takes place at 1635hrs EDT on Friday with the race starting at 1505hrs EDT on Saturday. Follow Andy’s 2013 season on his website www.andymeyrick.com and on Twitter using @andymeyrick.