Andy Meyrick enjoyed a season-best result, to date, claiming seventh position at a scorching Monza in the Le Mans Cup at the weekend (July 1/2) alongside United Autosports team-mate Daniel Schneider.
It would be the Brazilian who climbed behind the wheel for the short, ten-minute qualifying session, finishing 12th quickest, just a couple of tenths of a second off the top ten itself, but he was ready to make amends in the race.
Starting the 110-minute contest in temperatures approaching the mid 30C range, Daniel had to contend with two separate Safety Car periods in the opening stages before he could start to make progress, climbing to tenth before a Full Course Yellow. Approaching the 50-minute mark, there was another FCY, during which time the team took advantage of making a change in drivers, putting Andy behind the wheel.
The BRDC SuperStars Director emerged from the pits in seventh and, when racing resumed, moved up to sixth before a third FCY period. Gaining fifth position when racing resumed, inside the final 20-minutes an agonising drive-through penalty had to be served, for contact between Daniel and a rival earlier in the race.
From there, Andy re-joined the race in seventh but had too big a gap ahead to close before the chequered flag, especially when yet another FCY, the sixth of the afternoon, neutralised the field. Crossing the line seventh, Andy and Daniel celebrated their best result of the 2022 Le Mans Cup season, giving them a boost before the final two rounds of the campaign.
There will now be a lengthy pause in action before racing resumes in Belgium at Spa-Francorchamps over the weekend of September 23/24.
G – 12, R – 7
Championship: 19 (7 points)
“It was great to be back racing at Monza but the temperatures were quite high, especially in the car. I’m used to racing in some extreme conditions but for Daniel it was a relatively new experience and he coped really well. The two free practice sessions didn’t go our way for various reasons, but it was important for Daniel to get as much track time as possible and we manged to clock up over 50 laps which was useful.
“The cards didn’t fall in our favour for qualifying, but it was positive that we scored our best result of the Le Mans Cup campaign to date. Daniel drove a great stint, moving forward from 12th on the grid and after an excellent pit stop by the team at United Autosports, we came out in seventh. I was able to get up to fifth before the drive-through penalty, and fought back to finish seventh, giving us something to build on ahead of the trip to Spa, so I am happy with how the weekend ended.”