Andy Meyrick will be linking up with Assetto Motorsport during 2022 as the team expands its programme in the British GT Championship, competing with a second-generation Bentley Continental GT3.
As a factory Bentley driver, Andy developed, tested, and raced the first-generation Continental across the globe, including giving the marque victory on home soil at Silverstone in 2014. He has also been a factory driver for Aston Martin in LMP1, finished fourth on his 24 Hours of Le Mans debut, and drove the fabled, revolutionary DeltaWing in the United States for three seasons.
He has recently been competing in LMP3 machinery in the Le Mans Cup, Asian Le Mans Series, and at Petit Le Mans with United Autosports, with whom he returns to the LMC this season, but remains familiar with the Bentley Continental GT3 having raced it to fourth place at the 2021 Gulf 12 Hours Bahrain and at the 2019 24 Hours of Spa.
Assetto Motorsport, run by BTCC race winner Jim Edwards Jnr, has been a force in Ginetta racing, expanding to British GT’s GT4 ranks last season. While the Continental will be a new car to the team, Andy is perfectly placed with his breadth of knowledge and experience, to help develop, hone, and set up the Bentley as the programme gets up and running.
He will be linking up with amateur racer Mark Sansom who has raced with Assetto for three seasons, finishing third in the GT4 Pro-Am standings last year, and was unlucky not to claim a debut win at Brands Hatch when a late puncture derailed that effort.
Andy is keen to return to competition on home soil in what is one of the most challenging national endurance racing championships on the planet and will be out testing with the team as soon as possible.
“As the Director of the BRDC SuperStars I have had a regular involvement in the British GT paddock supporting the talented drivers who have been Members of the programme. I’ve wanted to race in it myself but haven’t had the opportunity, so I am really looking forward to getting out on track.
“I have lots of experience in the Continental GT3, both in extensively developing and racing the first-generation model across the world and competing in the second generation in races like the 24 Hours of Spa, so I am confident that my previous experience will give us the best chance of starting on the front foot. I’m happy to offer my help and support to Jim and everyone at Assetto Motorsport as they take the step up to GT3 racing.
“Mark has an awful lot of potential from what I saw last year, as well as an eagerness to learn and improve. British GT3’s Am contingent is very competitive now – possibly more so than at any stage previously – but Mark can definitely reach that top level this year. I’m really excited to see what he’s capable of in a GT3 car.
“I also want to thank Daniel Schneider, Richard Dean, and everyone at United Autosports for allowing me to add this programme to my 2022 season alongside my regular Le Mans Cup commitments.”