ACTION PACKED SILVERSTONE 1000KM FOR MEYRICK
The final round of the 2010 Le Mans Series, and opening round of the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup, provided both competitors and fans at Silverstone in Northamptonshire (UK) with an action-packed afternoon of racing today.
Amongst the leading class in the 45-strong field for much of the 6-hour race was Welsh driver, Andy Meyrick. The 25-year-old was driving the No.007 Lola Aston Martin alongside team mates Adrian Fernandez of Mexico and Harold Primat of Switzerland, but unfortunately their car failed to finish the race after a series of misfortunes and incidents.
"It's been a very enjoyable experience being here with Aston Martin Racing but obviously the result is a disappointment for everyone on the team. There was more we could have had out of the car and ourselves but we're the first to hold our hands up there. Congratulations first and foremost to the 009 car. Their fourth place has lifted the spirits of the guys and, without any mishaps to the diesels, that's likely to be the best any of the petrol-engined cars can do. They narrowly missed out on a podium but the result is good for them.
"As far as our car was concerned, there were lots of little errors since the free practice sessions and when we needed to be on track and making the most of the conditions and the track time available -- with a new circuit and changeable conditions -- there were lots of little errors which prevented us from maximising that track time.
"I'm happy with my performance this weekend, in practice and during the race. I fitted in with another new car and the technical side of the team, and got up to speed quickly. I think my times were consistent and trouble free -- apart from being tapped into a spin by a GT car towards the end of my stint which was between Adrian, who started, and Harold, who went after me. It's a pleasure to work with Aston Martin Racing as they are very professional and get the best out of the drivers, giving you the platform to do that.
"It's been another huge learning experience for me, driving another prototype, and it was just a shame we couldn't get the result we were definitely pushing for."