DRIVER NEWS: Meyrick wins at Thruxton Andy Meyrick extended his lead in the British F3 National Championship this weekend, with a win and a third place at the Thruxton circuit in Hampshire.
The MSA Race Elite driver dominated race one with a lights to flag victory to take his seventh win of the season, and fought his way through the field to take third place in race two, having started at the back of the grid.
Conditions remained dry and bright as the F3 cars went out to qualify for round 11 of the season, the first dry qualifying session since round three at Croft. Meyrick made the most of the dry conditions and was quick from the outset to take his ninth National Class pole of the season.
Pushing hard for a repeat performance for round 12, Meyrick made a rare mistake which left him stranded in the gravel. Unable to complete any more laps, Meyrick had to be content with seventh on the National Class grid.
As the lights went out for round 11, Meyrick made a good start to hold his position and pull away from second placed man Jay Bridger. By lap ten the gap between the two was up to two seconds. As the fighting duo found a way past International Class driver Max Chilton, Bridger had closed up on Meyrick. A small mistake by Meyrick on lap 21 allowed Bridger to close the gap further, leaving Meyrick to defend his position up to the chequered flag. The Welsh racer handled the pressure well, coming home to claim his seventh win of the season.
Starting race two from seventh in the National Class and 25th overall, Meyrick made a lightening start and had made up a number of places to lie fourth in the National Class by the end of lap one. A lap later, Meyrick was already in a podium position, just behind second placed man Bridger. As the race unfolded, it was a reverse of race one, with Meyrick chasing down Bridger by lap five. Despite closing up the gap, Meyrick was unable to find a way past, and crossed the line to take third place and his ninth podium position of the season. Recording the fastest lap in race two, Meyrick increased his lead in the National Class championship to nine points.
Speaking about the weekend, Meyrick said, “It was great to be on the top step of the podium again after race one, I had a good fight with [Jay] Bridger but held on to the lead. The second race was a little more difficult; I made a good start and made up a couple of places but had to be happy for with third. It’s unfortunate that a small mistake in qualifying compromised the second race, but we were still able to extend our lead in the championship, which will be our aim again at Brands Hatch.”
Meyrick will continue his championship campaign at Brands Hatch from 11 – 13 July for rounds 13 and 14 of the 2008 season.