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Meyrick dominates in FIA Historic Formula One finale

Andy Meyrick March 761.JPG (39262 bytes)Wrda member Andy Meyrick dominated the final round of the 2009 FIA Historic Formula One Championship last weekend, at the stunning Paul Ricard circuit in the south of France. Racing for Team AMR, the British racer took pole position and victory in the March 761 F1 car raced by Vittorio Brambilla in the 1976 Formula One World Championship. The FIA Historic Formula One championship is the pinnacle of historic motorsport and the HTTT Paul Ricard circuit one of the most impressive circuits in Europe. Competing in a field of 27 cars, Meyrick was on the pace in first qualifying and had high hopes ahead of second qualifying on Saturday afternoon. While several of his competitors chose to run on new rubber, Meyrick qualified on old tyres, yet took pole by an impressive nine tenths of a second.
Lining up at the front of the grid on Sunday Meyrick made a stunning start to lead the field into the first corner and as the cars crossed the line for the first time, Meyrick had already built up a three second gap. Despite competing against more modern F1 cars with ground effect, Meyrick won unchallenged with a lead of 15 seconds. Meyrick’s fastest lap was 1.5 seconds quicker than any other competitor in the race. Speaking about the weekend, Meyrick said, “The FIA Historic Formula One championship is a great championship to be involved in and Paul Ricard is one of the nicest tracks to drive. With the Le Mans Series now over, it was good to get back into a race car. Racing of any kind is good experience and this championship offers some great competitors. There is always the possibility of a mechanical problem on older racing cars, but the team did a great job this weekend and everything was perfect. It was a great feeling to put the car at the front and win by such a margin.”