During the penultimate round of the 2013 American Le Mans Series (ALMS), British sportscar driver Andy Meyrick proved the potential of the DeltaWing coupe by running as high as third overall at Virginia International Raceway.
In what was only the second race for the coupe version of the revolutionary DeltaWing racing car, Meyrick twice battled through the pack of LMP2 cars to highlight just how competitive the distinctive machine already is. The Cheshire-born driver also set the fifth fastest time of the warm-up session prior to the two hour, 45 minute Oak Tree Grand Prix.
After team-mate Katherine Legge qualified in 13th position, Meyrick took the start of the race and soon fought his way into a podium position by making best use of the DeltaWing’s exceptional straight line speed and cornering balance, only trailing the pair of LMP1 machines. After pitting for fuel and tyres on lap 28, Meyrick rejoined the field in 12th position.
The 28-year-old had climbed back up to sixth when belt failure on lap 41 brought his race to an early close.
“The coupe had great balance,” commented Meyrick. “I was able to push like crazy. The car was brilliant in traffic, I had really strong pace and was able to use our straight-line speed to gap the LMP2 cars.
“I was trying to be safe and cautious in the early laps, to let the tyre temperatures come up. Having watched the race from last year I knew that this was a low-grip circuit and there were a lot of crashes, so I didn’t want to push too hard until the early laps sorted themselves out. The Bridgestone tyres didn’t show that much wear and were very consistent.
“We’re disappointed to have had a technical issue here but I can’t thank the engineering staff and the mechanics enough for giving us such a good racing car. This is only the second race for the coupe and I think the performance so far is very impressive. We’ll use what we learned here this weekend and be ready in two weeks for Petit Le Mans.”
The ALMS concludes with the 10 Hours of Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta, Georgia, on October 19.