British sportscar racer Andy Meyrick and United Autosports team-mate Daniel Schneider recorded their first points of the 2021 Michelin Le Mans Cup (MLMC) with a strong seventh place finish in Round 2 of the series, the 120-minute race at Le Castellet in France.
The duo, who celebrated their first podium as a driver pairing at the same venue last year, put in a storming performance on Saturday (5 June) to fight through the field after a challenging build-up that led to Schneider starting 13th on the grid.
Then, having executed a clean race against the backdrop of chaotic scenes when several rivals crashed, Meyrick and Schneider were in the perfect position to capitalise on a superior strategy when misfortune struck, denying them another podium.
Schneider made great progress through the field from the start, making his way inside the top ten from 14th while avoiding several accidents around him, including one for a sister United Autosports Ligier JS P320 that he was following at the time.
The team called the Brazilian in early for a fuel-stop when the race was neutralised under a subsequent Safety Car, which was timed to perfection as three rivals were held in the pits as the race went back to green. This allowed Schneider to jump up to ninth before handing over to Meyrick at half-distance.
Armed with a freshly-serviced car and a clear road in front of him, Andy set-off on a charge as the leading United Autosports car, and quickly fought his way into the top six. That became fifth as the final round of pitstops cycled through.
But with 11 laps to go, Meyrick’s team-mate Wayne Boyd, who had been shadowing in sixth, went for a diminishing gap at the fast Double Droite du Beausset corner and the pair unfortunately made contact, spinning Andy down to ninth.
The Welshman quickly refocussed and recovered, and following the final ‘splash-and-dash’ stops, recovered to finish seventh.
“It was a tough way to end the weekend after the strides we made through the event,” said Meyrick. “We didn’t have the pace we usually have in practice and qualifying, but we made excellent progress on set-up by the race.”
“Daniel did a fantastic job in his stint to put us in a great position to take advantage, particularly given all the incidents that happened around him during his stint.”
“Looking at where Wayne finished,” he added, “we could have finished on the podium, but these things happen in racing, and neither of us intended that outcome. What’s important is that the United Autosports car was meticulously prepared as usual and super-fast. Looking forward to Monza!”
Andy’s next race will be for United Autosports at Monza, in Italy, on 10 July.