2014  International & Single Seater News

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Andy back on track at Road America!


WRDA member Andy Meyrick confirmed his status as one of the worlds top endurance racers & a brave man, as he, along with teammate Katherine Legge, took the quirky, and revolutionary, DeltaWing coupe into 6th place in the prototype class (8th overall) in the latest round of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship at Road America. Only a few weeks ago Andy narrowly escaped a chassis wrecking fire, with only a minor burn and some blisters! (below on track and in the garage, the DeltaWing looks fantastic!)


In a race punctuated regularly by accidents, and 6 safety car periods Andy confirmed ' The team did a great job to help Katherine and me to finish in P6 . The number of yellows didn't help us today but it was still a strong result'.



Just four weeks on from a cockpit fire at Mosport which saw the 28 year-old’s race cut short, the team had worked tirelessly on a full re-build of the chassis before returning to the circuit which produced the DeltaWing roadster’s best ever finish, a fifth place in 2013.
Established in 1955 with it’s legendary four-mile, 14-turn circuit, Andy was looking to showcase the DeltaWing coupe’s straight-line speed on the challenging track.
With Andy qualifying the car on Saturday in ninth position the team planned a two-stop strategy with team-mate Katherine Legge starting the two-hour 45-minute race on Sunday, the British duo aiming to manage the coupe’s fuel consumption and take advantage of its straight-line speed, Legge handed the car over to Andy on lap 23 in fifth place. The team then kept him on-track for as long as possible but despite setting a quick lap time of 1:59.718 a total of six yellow flags meant Andy only came in for a final stop for fuel and tires with just 39 minutes remaining. The yellow flags meant that other teams were also able to two-stop diminishing the coupe’s fuel consumption advantage. Back on-track in 24th position overall, Andy utilised the DeltaWing’s speed to make his way back through the field battling with Scott Pruett in the Riley-Ford and finally bringing the car over the line in sixth place, eighth overall.
“It’s great to get a good finish here,” said Andy. “The team has done a really great job to re-build the car and to go on and get a sixth place finish. The car’s straight-line speed again showed that we have a quick car, we were just so unlucky with the yellows and everyone else was able to save fuel, our technical advantage was lost.
“I enjoyed the race and had a great battle in the last few laps with Pruett. We could have had a better finish if it wasn’t for the yellows, but to finish where we did and to be up running with cars on the same strategy means we know we have a good car. We’ll be looking to build on the momentum at Petit Le Mans.”


The next race in the Tudor series is at the Virginia International Raceway near Danville, Virginia on Aug 23-24, 2014


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