DRIVER NEWS: British F3 National Class winner Andy Meyrick is making a steady recovery having suffered a serious illness which put on hold a strong title campaign in the 2008 British International Series. The 22 year-old first became ill at the beginning of July, and was forced to sit out the Brands Hatch and Spa rounds of the season. Despite having left hospital, the Carlin racer has confirmed that he will miss both the Silverstone and Bucharest events, with a return scheduled for the series finale at Donington.
Meyrick has been one of the revelations of the 2008 season, having topped every pre-season test and won seven of the first 12 rounds. Having led the National Class championship from the outset, the MSA British Race Elite driver was forced to pull out of the Brands Hatch round, having become seriously ill in early July and also missed the last round at Spa-Francorchamps.
Meyrick spent three weeks in hospital, two of which on an intensive care unit, undergoing tests and treatment but is now beginning a steady recovery back to full fitness. With no long-term effects, the F3 racer expects to make a full recovery and be back before the end of the season.
Meyrick commented, “I’d like to thank everyone for all the support and kind wishes I’ve received since becoming ill and of course the medical team who have looked after me for the last few weeks. If it wasn’t for their professionalism the outcome could have been much worse. It has been incredibly frustrating to miss the second half of the season, but having beaten an illness of this nature my goal is to return as soon as possible and resume where I left off. Thankfully, there will be no long lasting effects and I’m fully committed to my racing and getting back to full race fitness as soon as possible.”