WRDA member Andy Meyrick will make his first on-track outing in 2011 this
weekend for Aston Martin Racing at the 24 Hours of Le Mans official test day on Sunday,
Andy tests the AMR-One LMP1 at Paul Ricard
Driving the new AMR-One LMP1 open cockpit prototype, number 009, 25-year-old Meyrick will
be teamed with the highly experienced Adrian Fernandez of Mexico and Harold Primat of
Switzerland. Aston Martin Racing, once again bearing the iconic blue and orange Gulf Oil
livery, is looking to continue with the test and development programme it has been running
since the launch of the car at the beginning of March.
Andy, who competed with Aston Martin Racing at the Silverstone 1000 Km last September, has
been part of the regular roster of test drivers over recent weeks, and is looking forward
to returning to the famous 14 kilometre Le Mans track in the Sarthe area of France.
Meyrick finished fourth overall on his debut at Le Mans last year in the Team ORECA Matmut
LMP1 the first non-diesel finisher in the race.
We are continuing to develop the AMR-One further before the 24 Hour race in
June, he said, and this will be the first time weve run two cars so
were confident the additional feedback will help accelerate things. We hope all the
testing weve done, especially the endurance test at Paul Ricard, has paid off and I
hope to help the team as much as possible. Personally Im really excited to go back
to Le Mans; Ive fond memories of the place for obvious reasons.
Andy goes to France fresh from competing in the Virgin London Marathon helping to raise
money for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust. He completed his first ever 26.2 miles in 3 hours 50
minutes 23 seconds but enjoyed the experience so much, despite the pain, that hes
determined to return to better the time.
"It was unbelievably hard! said the Welsh-born driver. I was aiming for a
much better time but went off too fast for the quite warm conditions and didnt pace
myself particularly well. It was a fantastic experience though, very humbling, and really
made me think about other people. The crowd were amazing, cheering you on, and the other
runners too were incredibly supportive. About three miles from the end, when I was really
struggling, another runner wearing a CF Trust vest (but not one of my team) came up and
put an arm round me and said come on mate, you can do it. That got me to the
Over £40,000 was raised for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust and it is not too late to give
Take a look at Andys new website for more information on him and his career to date.
Image courtesy of Aston Martin Racing.
21st April 2011