Bentley Boy Andy Meyrick finishes his European racing season with a strong result at the iRacing.com Nürburgring 1000 km to confirm the Blancpain Endurance Series Pro Drivers Championship runners-up trophy. Andy, together with British teammates Guy Smith and Steven Kane, also clinched the Teams Championship for M-Sport Bentley, in their debut season running the all-new Bentley Continental GT3.
In a race that ran under exceptionally wet conditions, only drying in the last hour of six, Andy drove smoothly to keep his #7 Continental GT3 on the circuit while maintaining a strong pace. The team finished the race 8th overall out of 40 competitors, but more importantly came home 5thin class – good enough for the vital 12 points needed to ultimately secure 2nd place in both titles.
Speaking after the race, Andy comments:
““We knew the race would be difficult, but the conditions on the track exceeded even those expectations. Guy did a great job keeping us in the top ten before he handed the car to me, and while the weather hampered my progress I had a good stint that maintained our position. As with every race, we got great strategy from the pit wall and ultimately we recovered really well, and the reward is two championship trophies.”
“It’s been an incredible season with M-Sport Bentley. To come in to this championship with a brand new car and a team that had never done circuit racing before, and then win two out of the five races and finish with second place in the championships is astonishing. I’m proud of what we’ve achieved as a team, in a year where we’ve learnt so much and challenged the established competition. The support I’ve had from Bentley and M-Sport has been great, so I’m delighted to repay them with some silverware. Bring on 2015!”
Andy will start his training and preparations for the 2015 season next month, but before then will travel to the U.S.A. for his final race of 2014 with DeltaWing – the 10-hour Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta.