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Meyrick dominates in FIA Historic Race - 2009-11-09

Andy Meyrick dominated the final round of the 2009 FIA Historic Formula One Championship last weekend, at the stunning Paul Ricard circuit in the south of France. Racing for Team AMR, the British racer took pole position and victory in the March 761 F1 car raced by Vittorio Brambilla in the 1976 Formula One World Championship.

The FIA Historic Formula One championship is the pinnacle of historic motorsport and the HTTT Paul Ricard circuit one of the most impressive circuits in Europe. Competing in a field of 27 cars, Meyrick was on the pace in first qualifying and had high hopes ahead of second qualifying on Saturday afternoon. While several of his competitors chose to run on new rubber, Meyrick qualified on old tyres, yet took pole by an impressive nine tenths of a second.

Lining up at the front of the grid on Sunday Meyrick made a stunning start to lead the field into the first corner and as the cars crossed the line for the first time, Meyrick had already built up a three second gap. Despite competing against more modern F1 cars with ground effect, Meyrick won unchallenged with a lead of 15 seconds. Meyrick\'s fastest lap was 1.5 seconds quicker than any other competitor in the race.

Speaking about the weekend, Meyrick said, \"The FIA Historic Formula One championship is a great championship to be involved in and Paul Ricard is one of the nicest tracks to drive. With the Le Mans Series now over, it was good to get back into a race car. Racing of any kind is good experience and this championship offers some great competitors. There is always the possibility of a mechanical problem on older racing cars, but the team did a great job this weekend and everything was perfect. It was a great feeling to put the car at the front and win by such a margin

Strong season finale for Meyrick at Silverstone

Andy Meyrick enjoyed a competitive finale to his first season in the prestigious Le Mans Series yesterday, with a sixth place finish in the British round at Silverstone.  Meyrick took a season best fifth place grid spot for the Kolles team on Saturday, before racing the Audi R10 TDI to sixth place in Sunday’s race. 

Following a season best result of fourth place at the last LMS round in Nürburgring, Meyrick had high hopes ahead of his home race in the competitive Le Mans Series.  The last race in the five race season, Meyrick’s number 14 car squad – including Narain Karthikeyan and Charles Zwolsman were aiming to go one better at the Northamptonshire track and finish on the podium. 

Meyrick has his first opportunity behind the wheel of the Audi R10 TDI during second practice, and again with a 20 minute in the third practice session.  With all three drivers taking it in turns to pilot the race winning Audi, Meyrick was on track to qualify ahead of Sunday’s race.  The young British racer did well in a session marred by yellow flags and numerous incidents to qualify fifth – the best grid slot for the Kolles LMP team so far. 

Handing over driving duties to team mate Karthikeyan at the start, who then stepped aside for Zwolsman, Meyrick was left with the final stint in Sunday’s race which in which the were running sixth at the time.  With his main aim to conserve fuel and reach the finish without any additional and costly pit stops, Meyrick drove a mature and measured race to bring the number 14 car in sixth place. 

Speaking about the weekend, the MSA Race Elite driver said, “It was great to be driving the Audi R10 TDI on home ground this weekend, and I was really pleased to get such a great result for the team and those that came to support me in qualifying.  Sunday was a long race however and we couldn’t quite match the pace of those ahead of us. 

“My role in the race was to bring the car home without making any additional stops, and although it wasn’t the most exciting race ever, it was interesting to learn how to be easy on the car and conserve the fuel and tyres.  In a series such as LMS, there’s a lot more to racing than out right speed, you have to think a lot more about strategy.  This season has definitely helped me become a more complete driver as a result.”

Meyrick just misses podium at Nürburgring

British Le Mans Racer Andy Meyrick just missed out on a podium finish at this weekend’s Le Mans Series race at the Nürburgring, following a flawless performance by the British Race Elite driver.  Sharing the number 14 Audi R10 TDi with Narain Karthikeyan and Charles Zwolsman, the LMS rookie was in third position when he handed over driving duties to his team mates. Despite the disappointment of not taking the final podium spot, the number 14 car went on to cross the line in fourth place to take the Kolles team’s best result of the season.    

Making his first visit to the Nürburgring in an LMP car, Meyrick’s Kolles team got off to a good start, finishing the first free practice session in fifth place despite the wet conditions.  The team went one further in second practice to set the third fastest time of the session, with Charles Zwolsman qualifying the number 14 car on seventh on the grid.

With the drivers taking it in turns to complete the six hour race, Meyrick was chosen to run the first stint and line up on the grid for the start.  The British racer made a strong start away from the line and showed competitive pace in the first few laps to move to sixth place, just behind Giorgio Mondini in the sister Kolles Audi R10 TDi.  Having stopped for fuel on lap 31, Meyrick rejoined the track with impressive pace, and passed team mate Mondini to take fifth before moving up into fourth place.  Running in third place by the time Meyrick handed over the number 14 car to team mate Narain Karthikeyan, the British racer had high hopes for the team’s first podium finish. 

Despite the best efforts of Meyrick in the early stages of the race, tyre degradation during Karthikeyan’s stint forced the team to make an additional pit stop and following a strong third stint by Charles Zwolsman, the team lay fourth, just 14.5 seconds behind third place and a podium finish after six hours of racing. 

Despite the disappointment of missing out on a podium, it was the best result of the season for the privateer Kolles LMP team, who were second only to the factory Aston Martin team who took a podium lockout.  Meyrick’s team mates in the other Kolles Audi R10 TDI saw their weekend end early following an accident two hours into the race when lapping a GT car.

Speaking about his weekend, Meyrick, said, “I’m pleased to have taken our best result of the season and I’m happy with my own performance, but it’s really disappointing that we didn’t get on the podium which had looked a strong possibility.  With having such a short season its frustrating when you don’t get the results you know you are capable of, but fourth is still a good result and reflects the steps forward the team has made.  Hopefully we can go one better at the season finale and my home race at Silverstone next month.”

Racing alongside former F1 racers Olivier Panis, Tomas Enge, Christian Albers, Tiago Monteiro, along with Oreca LMP1 driver Bruno Senna, nephew of the late Ayrton Senna, Meyrick will also race alongside former F1 champion Nigel Mansell in Silverstone, who will be making a one off visit to the series from 11 - 13 September.

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