Meyrick ends 2013 with Petit Le Mans Podium

British sportscar racer Andy Meyrick rounded out his 2013 season with a podium at Petit Le Mans, Road Atlanta, aboard the DeltaWing coupe, which debuted just two races earlier.

In the final round of the 2013 American Le Mans Series – also the last round of the championship before it becomes the United Sportscar Championship for 2014 – Meyrick once again proved his mastery of difficult conditions in a race that was marred by changeable weather for the first five hours.

At the DeltaWing Racing team’s home race, Meyrick kept out of trouble during Saturday’s qualifying session to line up in fourth position on the P1 grid.

Team-mate Katherine Legge started the ten-hour race the following day. As the rain, which had fallen steadily in the build up to the race, began to abate soon before the green flag, the team took a late decision to start on slick tyres. Legge ran as high as second overall as a result, before handing over to Meyrick.

The Cheshire-born racer completed a demanding double-stint, managing the changeable weather conditions and varying grip levels expertly as the rain came and went.

“It was a difficult stint,” said Meyrick, “because it was never completely dry but not wet enough for rain tyres, so we had to be really careful on the slicks. The car was really good in those tricky conditions, though, and I was able to put some good laps down.

“The car was running perfectly so I just had to keep it clean. There were so many different speeds out there – different types of car running at different speeds, but also cars on slick tyres versus rain tyres, too. In the end, it really was a fantastic effort by the entire crew today.”

As many runners in the prototype and GT categories fell victim to the slippery conditions, Meyrick ran faultlessly to keep the DeltaWing running. Having handed back over to Legge, the duo’s season finale came to an end after 209 laps with a gearbox issue. Nonetheless, the team was able to record its third podium of a successful ALMS season.

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