Cheshire racing driver Andy Meyrick began his 2015 European racing season in style with a second-in-class* finish at the opening round of this year’s Blancpain Endurance Series at Monza in Italy. Scoring vital points for his attempt to win this year’s championship after having finished second last year, Andy and his British teammates Guy Smith and Steven Kane drove a fast and clean race to finish a provisional P4 overall but second in the Pro class for Bentley Team M-Sport.
After Guy Smith had driven the opening hour of the three-hour endurance event, and moved the Bentley Continental GT3 from P10 on the grid to P5, Andy took over for the second hour. As is typical, Andy drove an extremely solid and consistent stint while preserving the car and navigating the field of almost 60 competitors. His performance then allowed third driver Steven Kane to make a final attack in the last hour, with the team able to celebrate a podium finish with a well-deserved provisional second-in-class.
Reflecting on the race weekend, Andy said: “This has been a really good opening race for us. The car felt fantastic, really balanced and driveable, and even though we were outpaced by some cars that haven’t yet been properly performance-balanced, we’ve scored a class podium and leave here with great championship points. Our home race is next and I’m really hoping we can be back on the podium in front of the British fans.”
“The team and I have worked really hard in the off-season to develop and fine-tine the handling of the car, and we’re now seeing the results of those efforts. Hopefully this result is just the start for this year.”
The next round of the Blancpain Endurance Series will be the three-hour event at Silverstone on 23rd-24th May, where Andy will be looking to repeat last year’s victory.
*The race result is provisional at this stage, pending the outcome of an appeal from the excluded GRT Grasser Racing Team.