Andy Meyrick had a frustrating visit to France for the Road to Le Mans double header as he and team-mate Daniel Schneider were unable to demonstrate the full pace of their United Autosports LMP3 machine.
After two practice sessions on Wednesday, things ramped up a notch on Thursday with both qualifying sessions and the opening race to contend with. Andy took the first period, but would be disappointed to line up 20th, while Daniel finished eighth to boost the duo’s morale.
The latter climbed behind the wheel for the opening contest but lost five places while taking avoiding action at the Dunlop Curves as several cars retired with contact damage. However, the Brazilian responded well, regaining all those positions back by the end of the second lap.
Coming into the pits after five of the scheduled 13 laps as United Autosports aimed to take advantage of two slow zones on track, Daniel handed over to Andy who would run to the chequered flag. A strong stop meant the BRDC SuperStars Director emerged 14th and he did well a few laps later to avoid contact as Ian Rodriguez locked up trying to get past.
Doing an excellent job behind the wheel, Andy overcame a deficit of more than 30 seconds to reel in the cars ahead, gaining four places in the final few laps to cross the line in tenth position.
Daniel started the second race on Saturday morning but, with other teams starting their Pro drivers, slipped back to 14th position. As cars suffered woes out on track there were slow zones followed by a Safety Car period to clear any debris, collect stricken machines, and undertake barrier repairs.
Andy joined the race in 16th but only had two racing laps in the closing minutes when the Safety Car finally peeled into the pit lane, gaining two positions to cross the line 14th. All focus will now be on the next round of the Le Mans Cup at the historic Autodromo Nazionale Monza in Italy, the fifth round of the 2022 season.
G1 – 20, R1 – 10
G2 – 8, R2 – 12
“It is a privilege to come and race at Le Mans, but you always face unique challenges or difficulties in the races due to the nature and length of the circuit. We were really unlucky getting caught with slow zones in qualifying and the races, which meant we were unable to show the pace and performance we had.
“Daniel did a really good job to avoid problems at the start of race one and it was good to score some points which will help in the championship, but in the second contest I only managed to get two racing laps at the end which wasn’t enough to make up ground. We’re now fully focused on the next round of the season at Monza where we’ll look to bounce back.”