TEAM NEWS: Carlin’s National Class F3 team enjoyed another strong outing at Croft this weekend, with Chester’s Andy Meyrick taking pole position and victory in rounds three and four of the 2008 British International Series. Team mate Kristjan Einar continued to build his race experience to take fifth place in race one and sixth place in race two. Having recorded the fastest national time in both races, Meyrick leaves Croft with maximum points to extend his lead in the championship to 32 points.
22 year-old Meyrick continued the good form he demonstrated at Oulton Park last month, to take pole position for both races and 14th and 12th overall - beating a number of the International Class drivers. The Race Elite driver stormed to victory in both races, finishing eighth overall in race two and scored the fastest lap in both rounds to take away maximum points. With only four rounds completed, Meyrick has a healthy 32 point lead ahead of second placed man Jay Bridger.
Taking part in his first full season of Formula racing, Icelandic rookie Kristjan Einar continued to learn his race craft in Britain’s premier single-seater series. The 19 year-old came home in an impressive fifth place in race one and took part in some exciting racing with 2007 McLaren Autosport BRDC Award winner Stefan Wilson in race two, with the duo swapping places several times over the course of the 18 laps. At the chequered flag it was Kristjan Einar who held the advantage to take sixth place in the National Class.
Reflecting on his second F3 events, Meyrick said, “I’m very happy with how the weekend went. I was a little disappointed with our pace at Oulton, but I think we did a better job here, especially in qualifying. I know we won both races at Oulton but I feel I drove better here and I’m more comfortable in the car and in a qualifying situation. The car felt fantastic throughout the weekend, and I was talking constantly to Richard [Owen] my engineer throughout the race and he did a fantastic job. The car was spot on from the first lap to the last lap so I have to thank the team for the great job they did this weekend.”
Team mate Kristjan Einar added, “It was a good weekend overall, I struggled with the car a little in the second race, but I was able to race closely with Stefan [Wilson] and managed to pass him for sixth. I feel I’m improving with every round and becoming more consistent in the races. I will be aiming for the podium at the next event in Monza.”
Team director Martin Stone added, “Andy has been fantastic again this weekend, he has backed up his stunning pace at Oulton Park with two more wins at Croft and two fastest laps. Kristjan had another strong weekend at the start of his racing career and the team are very impressed with the way he continues to develop. He enjoyed some exciting racing and I don’t think it will be long until we see him on the podium in British F3.”