British sportscar racer Andy Meyrick recorded an excellent podium finish on his debut weekend in the Asian Le Mans Series at Dubai Autodrome with the United Autosports team.
The 35-year-old, who also races for the West Yorkshire-based team in the Michelin Le Mans Cup, finished second in the LMP3 class along with new team-mates Ian Loggie (GB) and Rob Wheldon (GB) on Sunday. It proved a well-deserved result from an exceptional performance during the second of two 4 Hours of Dubai races representing the first half of the 2021 championship.
The result also made up for misfortune in the opening round on Saturday, where Loggie – starting sixth in class in his first ever prototype start – picked up a right-rear puncture when a rival made contact on the opening lap. The trio staged a superb race-long fightback in their Nissan-powered Ligier JSP320. After a strong middle stint by reigning European Le Mans Series LMP3 champion Wheldon, and a fortuitous full course yellow, Meyrick was handed the car in sixth position, which he converted into a flying fourth at the flag under the evening spotlights.
Starting seventh in class for Sunday’s second four-hour race, things went more smoothly and Loggie was able to settle into a good groove handing over the #2 car to Wheldon for his double-stint in sixth, which became third by the time Meyrick climbed in for the final stint.
Sent back out under pressure to maintain third position, Meyrick had to work hard to defend the position but managed to build a gap over an experienced rival in pursuit. His pace also meant that Meyrick was able to dwindle down the gap to the second position car, which was nursing fuel on an alternative strategy. Such was Meyrick’s speed that he was able to catch him on the last lap and use traffic to make a decisive move for second place stick, securing a hard-earned visit to the podium and ensuring a United Autosports one-two.
“This has been a really strong weekend for us,” said Meyrick. “As ever, United Autosports prepared the car superbly and I’m really proud of the job they did, so it was good to be able to deliver a nice double- podium finish for them.”
“As a driving trio we’ve gelled quickly this weekend and we’ve got faster and more competitive as the meeting has gone on. We came back well from the puncture at the start of the first race, and our podium in the second race came with an exciting finish, taking second place on the last lap. That gives us a strong platform to build from going into the second half of the Asian Le Mans Series in Abu Dhabi next weekend.”
The two results mean that Meyrick is eighth in the championship with the final two Asian Le Mans Series races left to go at the Yas Marina Grand Prix circuit in Abu Dhabi, next Friday (19 February) and Saturday (20 February).