This weekend (3 August), British sports car racing driver Andy Meyrick used the gap in his busy DeltaWing Racing and Gulf Racing commitments in the American Le Mans Series and the Blancpain Endurance Series to race alongside the voice of Radio Le Mans, John Hindhaugh, at the 360 Motor Racing Club race at Donington Park in aid of The Stroke Association and the pair topped their class.
Together, they drove a bright orange Porsche 924, aptly named Tango, alongside Radio Le Mans team members Paul Dunk and David Smith. The team chose to carry the number 67, in a mark of respect for Christian Devereux, who lost his life following an accident at the racetrack in May of this year.
Andy and John completed the second of the two qualifying sessions before the quartet began the six-hour long race.
Taking the second stint in the 130bhp car, Andy climbed through the pack from 15th up to second before heading to the Radio Le Mans commentary box to talk live on air about the race in action.
Andy said: “My family has been affected by strokes in the past so its something I wanted to be involved in as soon as John [Hindhaugh] asked the question. And I’m so glad I did. Not only were we raising money for an amazing cause but I had a lot of fun doing it. The heavy rain meant that there was a lot of sideways action!”
John adds: “It was great to have Andy come and race with us. In the rain he was peerless, putting on a masterclass and drove us up to second overall, in front of many much more powerful cars. Watching him drive around competitors with more than three times the power of the Porsche was amazing.
"In addition to his obvious driving skill, Andy was kind enough to share some driving tips. His advice was invaluable and instrumental in me clocking the car's fastest lap of the race, finding two seconds in lap time from my dry weather practice performance to my stint in the race, which was in damp conditions!
"Despite some problems with the car we took the chequered flag and won our class just outside the top ten overall.“
The Stroke Association campaigns to improve stroke care and support people in making the best possible recovery following a stroke and is a cause close to the hearts of many people within the 360 Motor Racing Club. The money raised by the charity goes to fund research into new treatments and ways to prevent strokes.
The team has set up a Just Giving page where donations can be made to The Stroke Association –www.justgiving.com/radiolemans360challenge. The total raised so far is £1,713.94.