British sportscar racing driver Andy Meyrick felt the rewards of months of hard work yesterday (11 August), when he led the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) race at Road America for more than eight laps in the revolutionary DeltaWing Racing car, which finally placed third in class and fifth overall.
Meyrick’s team-mate Katherine Legge (GB) started the race in the rain, giving the team the first chance to race the car on the Bridgestone wet tyres. The car performed incredibly, showing off its straight-line speed and strong grip and, after a well-timed pit stop, Meyrick took over on lap 30 and was leading the race.
However, the pace of the championship-leading Muscle Milk LMP1 car was too much for the DeltaWing charger and, in the final laps of the race, a ‘splash and dash’ and an unfortunately timed yellow flag left the team in fifth overall and third in class.
“When we were behind the wheel, we both had it in our heads that the Muscle Milk guys weren’t going to get past!” explains Meyrick. “We both tried but they were really quick in traffic. It shows how far we’ve come – who would have thought we’d be battling it out with Muscle Milk so early into our development season?! We’ve worked hard on the chassis; we really held our own today.”
The 2013 season has seen the DeltaWing Racing team develop the lightweight 1.9-litre Elan-engined race car with great pace, each round delivering a car that has improved balance and speed. Meyrick has been with the team for the whole of the season providing consistent feedback and regularly praising the accomplishments of the team.
“It was a phenomenal job by the team. What they have done to improve this car in such a short amount of time really is no mean feat. We’re happy with today’s result but also a little disappointed because I think we could have finished in second place overall. But, to be disappointed at not finishing second shows how this project is moving forward.
“It’s a development project and, along with Élan Technologies and Bridgestone, it’s been incredibly successful so far. I pushed so hard in that stint, I couldn’t push anymore. Katherine did a great job at the start – we’ve never run in this car in the wet and it’s a testament to the team how well it coped with conditions.”
Andy will next race the DeltaWing at the Circuit of the Americas in the eighth round of the championship. Follow his progress on his website www.andymeyrick.com/news or on Twitter using @andymeyrick