British sports car racing driver Andy Meyrick was faced with a tough challenge at the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps at the weekend (27/28 July) when his McLaren 12C GT3 suffered transmission issues, but the 27-year old from Chester fought on tirelessly to climb back through the pack before the car was forced to retire.
In the first hour of the race, Meyrick’s Gulf Racing team-mate and team co-owner Mike Wainwright brought the car into the pits with gearbox issues. Once repaired, Meyrick set about his first stint in the 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 charger, but luck was not on his side when the gearbox issue recurred, forcing him to return to the pits before his stint was due to finish.
Throughout the following stints from Stuart Hall (GB) and Tim Mullen (GB), the car continued to run but with recurring problems, which the team worked hard to resolve. After the sun had set, Meyrick embarked upon a double stint during which, despite the difficult conditions and double-stinted tyres, he climbed the car from 48th to 36th.
However, his fantastic charge was ultimately in vain as the gearbox issue finally ended the race for Meyrick and the team in the 12th hour of the race.
Meyrick comments: “It was a tough race, that’s for sure. However, when the car was running properly it felt fantastic, really well balanced. The team did a great job all weekend, but luck wasn’t on our side. The 24 Hours of Spa is one of the toughest endurance races in the world and that is evident when you consider that more than half the field had retired before the 20th hour.”
Andy next races in the American Le Mans Series for DeltaWing Racing in the sixth round of the championship at Road America in Atlanta on 9-11 August. Follow his progress at www.andymeyrick.com/news or on Twitter using @andymeyrick.