Andy Meyrick and the DeltaWing Racing Cars team leave Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca with unfinished business after an early end to their Continental Tire Grand Prix of Monterey.
Looking to take advantage of the DeltaWing’s performance, pace and the coupe’s fuel economy, Andy was looking to make it another successful run at the Californian based track.
With a two-race concept on Sunday, the huge field were split into a pair of two-hour races with the DeltaWing coupe starting in the 23-car Prototype and GT Le Mans field from ninth position.
With British team-mate Katherine Legge starting the race and battling her way through the field for the first hour, Andy took over on lap 44 in eighth position. The Cheshire born 27 year-old quickly set the car’s quickest lap time of 1:20.828. However, his fantastic charge was ultimately in vain as a gearbox failure ended his race halfway through his stint.
Speaking after the race, Andy said: “Although I am bitterly disappointed not to finish the race here at Laguna Seca, we have to look at the positives from the race. Once again the car’s performance in traffic and its speed has shown that without the transmission issues we could have easily been running a minimum of top five.
“The one-stop fuel strategy that we were working to compared to other teams on a two-stop, looked like we were on the money. It’s a real shame as we really had the pace, were quickest in a straight line and had good fuel mileage. Hopefully we can optimise on this at the next round.”
Andy now heads to the second round of the Blancpain Endurance Series at Silverstone with Team M-Sport Bentley on the 24-25 May.