2008 Lloyds TSB Insurance British Formula F3 Championship National Class
Thruxton Trials for Welsh Racers
(left) Andy still on top in the National Class Welsh Formula 3 racers Andy Meyrick & Hywel Lloyd had a mixed bag of fortunes on the challenging twists & turns of the high speed Hampshire circuit. With its usual 2 race format Andy, who is leading the National Class, took pole for Race 1 but only got in one flying lap in practice session 2 to leaving him well down. Hywel meanwhile was having another disappointing qualifying, finishing the 1st session next to last, but within .5 of a second of 4 other National Class cars. However even after trimming the gap to .3 of a second he was the 3rd slowest in Q2, but only because of Andy Meyricks problems. In race one Andy got away to a good start but spent much of the race concentrating to winning the National class and although his main rival Jay Bridger closed up and made some attempts at passing, Andy was in charge throughout. Hywel meanwhile had a quiet race but picked up a couple of places late on to finish 5th in class, right on the tail of Krisjian Einar.
In Race 2 Andy was able to move up the order to finish 3rd in class, right behind his main title rival Jay Bridger, and the class winner Steven Guerrero, picking up the extra point to minimise the damage. Meanwhile Hywels weekend came to an early end at the chicane "Einar tried to go side by side but hit me and ripped my back wheel off! It was a bit disappointing as we were chipping away the times and I felt we could have been competitive in the closing stages. However it looks like to rest of the season is going to be tough as I dont know the tracks, so 5th may be as closest as I get the podium for a while"
Andy however was more upbeat "Second Qualifying was disappointing, Thruxton is difficult because you dont get much testing mileage, so it was nice to get a win under the belt, but we should have won both races. But for the 3 dnfs Id be 60 points up but we know we have a good car and I feel very confident about the rest of the season."
The next races in the series are on the Grand Prix ciruit at Brands Hatch on 13th July
Current Points. British Formula 3 Championship National Class after 12 rounds
1st Andrew Meyrick 174 pts, 2nd Jay Bridger 165 pts, 3rd Hywel Lloyd 105 pts, 4th Steven Guerrero 104 points
Results from http://www.tsl-timing.com/ http://www.hywellloyd.com http://www.andymeyrick.com/ http://www.britishf3international.com/