It isn’t an either-or, it’s a complimentary role for a driver according to Andy Meyrick who has enjoyed multiple successes just this year with drivers he’s helped through being Team Performance Manager for MSA’s Team UK program.
November 03, 2017, Manchester, UK –
In 2017, Andy Meyrick had multiple roles on track. Racing for two new teams, both as the professional in a pro-am line up, and as Team Performance Manager to several of the up-and-coming MSA Team UK drivers, Meyrick had a busy, varied and interesting season.
Meyrick has been with Team UK for 10-years. Starting as a driver selected for the program, Meyrick’s role evolved to Team Performance Manager for the last six. On reflection of his role as coach and mentor, Meyrick said, “coaching is where drivers can learn skills they can’t learn behind a wheel. Performance analysis, working with teams, being a mentor and link between a driver and an engineer, mechanic or any member of a team is where you can develop important skills that make you a better driver, co-driver and team member. Recognizing talent and skills, identifying weaknesses and accepting limitations is all part of learning to be task-driven rather than ego-driven.”
As part of MSA Team UK, Meyrick currently coaches Sebastian Morris, 2017 British GT Champion, and young British driver, Jordan King, winner of the GP2 race at Silverstone in 2016. Amongst others, Meyrick also coached Jack Harvey on the program, including both years he came second in the Indy Lights Championship.
This year Meyrick also coached Stephen Pattrick, his co-driver in the #33 McLaren Bullitt Racing’s McLaren 570s GT4 that raced in the Northern European GT4 Series. Starting the season as a racing novice, Pattrick made significant progress as the year went on, leading a race within his first season and achieving a second-place podium result at The Red Bull Ring.
“We made every effort to analyse all our performances. It’s the process of what makes you faster not just the results that we were concerned with in our inaugural year and I appreciated Stephen’s outlook of a longer-term goal and genuine desire to learn.
“In most sports, professionals still have coaches and they are a very fixed and identifiable person in a career. I strive to be that for everyone I work with but I also take it upon myself to seek advice and instruction from those more experienced. Constructive criticism is important, as if you’re not learning and developing, you’re not improving and will get left behind,” said Meyrick. “This is why I feel coaching is complimentary to my time behind the wheel. I am learning all the time.”
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