2014  International & Single Seater News

News of WRDA members who are competing in the International & Single Seater arena.



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Welsh Drivers bring back some of Continental Silverware!


  Matt shares the Moscow Raceway podium with Andrea Pizzitola and the winner Aurelien Panis.


WRDA Welsh driver of the Year Matt Parry started the ball rolling by taking 3rd place in the first of 2 races in the 2014 Formula Renault Eurocup at the Moscow Raceway, behind Andrea Pizzitola and the winner Aurelien Panis. Matt continued his points scoring progress with a 4th place finish in race 2, and was only 7/10ths away from a double podium finish! The points scored in Russia has moved Matt, who is the best placed British driver out of the 26 strong pack on top young racers, into 10th place in the points standings with 34 points! The championship is lead by Dutch driver Nyck De Vries who has 88 points, but with 25 points for a win and 8 races left, a strong run by Matt could soon see him climbing the points table!  The next race in the series is on 12/13 July on the Grand Prix circuit at the Nurburgring.  http://www.worldseriesbyrenault.com/Eurocup-Formula-Renault-2-0-3205.html?lang=fr


Jake rocks on at Ricard! Meanwhile at Paul Ricard, Jake Rattenbury kept the ball rolling with a 2nd place in AM Class in the first of the weekends races in the 2014 Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trophy Europe, and then followed that up with a Class win in race 2! Jake is now 3rd in Class AM Championship standings with 4 more races to go before the World Final on November 22nd/ 23rd at  Sepang when the top drivers from the North America, Asia & Europe will go into a global shoot out!

Andy helps Bentely win with crucial middle stint!  Also at Paul Ricard, in the main race of the day, The 2014 Blancpain Watches Endurance Series,  Andy Meyrick made another massive contribution as the M-Sport Bentley team followed up their Silverstone win with another hard fought, but seemingly comfortable win with the Bentley Continental GT3 car, in a day/night race.  Andy took over the car from Guy Smith just over an hour in to the race, with the car in 2nd place some 5 seconds behind their main rivals, the ART Grand Prix teams' McLaren MP4-12C driven by Gregoir Demoustier. Closing in at over a second per lap, Andy was soon directly behind the McLaren, and was able to make a bold move up the inside of the final corner to snatch the lead, and then extend it, to hand over the Bentley with a 6 second lead!  This lead would prove vital when a problem with the front left wheel cost them time at the pit-stop as Andy handed the car to Steven Kane, for the final stint! Exiting the pits just ahead of the McLaren, Kane was able to hold on to the lead crossing the line just 1.1 seconds ahead for the team’s second win in a row!


After receiving his winner’s trophy, in a strange and rare night-time podium ceremony, Andy said “Our team was so strong today. We were hopeful we’d have good pace, and once we realised how well our tyres were lasting on the famously tough surface here we knew we could fight for the victory. It wasn’t easy though, and we had to give it everything, but the Continental GT3 responds to being pushed hard. I was really pleased with my stint and even though I was on used tyres the grip lasted well, which meant I could build a small lead after I’d had a great fight with the McLaren to get to the front. All credit to the team today – the car was fantastic and I can’t wait for the 24 hour race at Spa.” Andy is now on top of the championship points along with his team-mates.


The next round of the Blancpain Endurance Series is the headline event of the year, the Total 24 Hours of Spa in Belgium. Andy will once again be racing the No. 7 Continental GT3 with Guy Smith and Steven Kane, looking to extend their lead at the top of the championship.



Before then, Andy will combine an intensive programme of training with a test day at Spa. Andy also resumes his driving responsibilities with DeltaWing in North America, racing at the Mobil 1 Sportscar Grand Prix at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Ontario.

 Listen to Andys' interveiw with Colene Evans-Allen about his racing career incuding his first race, his 4th place in the 2010 24 hrs of LeMans with Oreca, his work on the DeltaWing, and his recent historic victory with Bentley at Silverstone!