DRIVER NEWS: British F3 racer Andy Meyrick endured a difficult outing at the Snetterton circuit in Norfolk this weekend, as the MSA British Race Elite driver competed in rounds nine and ten of the 2008 British F3 International Series. Having struggled in qualifying, Meyrick did well to finish second in race one, but failed to finish race two. Despite the disappointing end to his weekend, the Welsh racer still leads the National Class championship.
Following a challenging rain soaked qualifying session, Meyrick qualified fifth for round nine and sixth for round ten, the first time the Carlin driver failed to take pole this season. Normally starting well ahead of his National Class rivals, Meyrick had the unfamiliar task of fighting his way through the field, but showed his racing skills to take second place by the chequered flag.
Starting round ten from sixth, Meyrick had a good start to move up to fourth by the end of lap one, just one place from a podium finish. Meyrick was up to third by lap three and had Jay Bridger in his sights. Pushing hard to take second place, the 22 year-old racer went off track, but was able to rejoin the race. Meyrick’s Carlin Dallara was clearly damaged however, as the car went straight on at the next corner, putting Meyrick into retirement.
Reflecting on a difficult weekend, Meyrick said, “Obviously I’m not happy to have come away with just a second place this weekend. We struggled quite a lot in qualifying, and to their credit, the team worked hard to see if there was a problem with the car. The first race went quite well, I made up a number of places to take second place which I was happy with. In race two I was pushing hard to catch Bridger and went off track. I managed to rejoin the race but I think I must have picked up a puncture or something because the car went straight on at the next corner.
“It’s obviously better to be winning races, but I think you have to learn from bad weekends like this and come back stronger next time. I’m still leading the championship; I’ve leant a lot and will be back on form next time out at Thruxton.”
Meyrick will be back in racing action in three weeks time, for rounds 11 and 12 of the 2008 championship, at the Thruxton circuit in Hampshire.