SEBRING - A MASSIVE, BUT ENJOYABLE, LEARNING EXPERIENCE FOR MEYRICK Britain's Andy Meyrick, driving a Dyson Racing Mazda-powered Lola B09/86 coupe with team mates Chris Dyson and Guy Smith, today finished the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring 3rd...
SEBRING - A MASSIVE, BUT ENJOYABLE, LEARNING EXPERIENCE FOR MEYRICK
Britain's Andy Meyrick, driving a Dyson Racing Mazda-powered Lola B09/86 coupe with team mates Chris Dyson and Guy Smith, today finished the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring 3rd in the LMP2 class and 21st overall. The team and its drivers overcame a long delay caused by technical issues to secure the points-scoring finish, and Meyrick -- who was making his debut in the American Le Mans Series -- had a day to remember.
"I've never learned so much from one race in my entire life!" enthused Andy. "It was incredible. I felt that I learnt more about sports car racing in that one race than I probably did in the whole of last season; it was fantastic. All kinds of things, from how to approach the race to strategy to race craft.
"I got a lesson from Brabs [ALMS LMP champion and Meyrick's former MSA Race Elite National Racing Coach, David Brabham] at one corner which was very nice! I'd kind of switched off, having done what I thought was a pretty good stint, and was thinking that it was nice to have the Acura behind me. I was on my in lap and had started unplugging my drinks bottle, with about 5 GT cars behind me, and Brabs pounced straight away.
"It's little things like that, and those type of mistakes I need to make and learn from so I won't make them again. Technically, it was really interesting and instructive to see how the cars changed throughout the race and how the circuit itself changed. I've never experienced circuit change like that from start to finish.
"It was also my first time racing in the dark, going from daylight into darkness and that was a good experience, as well as having to nurse the car and push at different periods during the race. I had two stints in the full heat of the day which, in a closed cockpit car, really puts your fitness to the test. I was glad I'd done all the work over the winter as those were the hardest conditions I've had to race in yet.
"As far as the team's result was concerned, it was great to get a result and some championship points. I'm really looking forward to Laguna Seca in May and driving this car again. I'm sure the weeks will go by really quickly!"
-source: andy meyrick