British sports car racing driver Andy Meyrick will take the DeltaWing Coupe to the Oak Tree Grand Prix at Virginia International Raceway this weekend (5 October) for the penultimate round of the American Le Mans Series (ALMS).
The DeltaWing Coupe made its competitive debut two weeks ago at the Circuit of the Americas. The new closed cockpit, designed to meet with United Sports Car Championship 2014 regulations, forced several design changes to the car that had been making good progress throughout the year.
“Building a new car has been an exciting new challenge for us,” comments Andy. “We’d been making really good progress with the DeltaWing - we led at Road America for 16 laps - and our reliability was getting better every round. It’s a shame to have to start again but we carry over a lot of information and experience into our new project. The coupe felt really good in its competitive debut. We went fastest in FP1, which felt amazing, and before we had issues with the gear-shift, the car was running well. Considering it was its debut, it actually felt really good.
“It’s good that we’ve started to race the car now, before the 2014 season starts. Testing is one thing but it doesn’t replicate race conditions. By the end of the 2013 ALMS season, the DeltaWing Coupe will have done three competitive races and, if the development progression we saw with the last car is anything to go by, it will be in a strong place going into next year.”
The race will run on the Virginia International Raceway (VIR) full course, a 3.27-mile long circuit that first hosted the ALMS last year.
“I’ve not raced at VIR before but it has a couple of really long straights and we have a very good straight-line speed so I’m really looking forward to racing there.”
The 2hrs 45mins-long Oak Tree Grand Prix starts at 14:15 on Saturday 5 October. Follow Andy’s progress on his website www.andymeyrick.com/news or on Twitter using @andymeyrick