Andy Meyrick says that his first place finish as part of the M-Sport Bentley team at Silverstone at the weekend was one of the proudest of his career.
The 28-year-old racer from Delamere was part of the three-man team that claimed the maiden race victory on home soil in round two of the Blancpain Endurance Series – the first victory in 80 years for the team.
Alongside team-mates Guy Smith and Steven Kane, Meyrick helped his team storm from fifth to second during his stint at the wheel, aided by the fastest pit-stop that the team had ever recorded.
By the time Meyrick handed over the drivers seat to Kane, who saw of the challenge of the ART McLarena and WRT Audi to secure a famous win in the three-hour endurance race in the Bentley Continental GT3.
“We’re all really proud of what’s been achieved,” said Meyrick, a former pupil at The King’s School, Chester.
“This was the first victory for the Bentley works team in this event in their history and to do it here, on home soil, at Silverstone and in front of friends and family was something very special indeed.”
The M-Sport Bentley team incurred an early drive-through penalty at Silverstone but battled back, finally taking the lead in the final 15 minutes.
“To do it in the manner that we did it was fantastic,” added Meyrick.
“When we were in seventh, most people wouldn’t have expected us to finish first, but it is a testament to the work that we have been doing on the track and the testing that has gone on behind the scenes.
“To win in with a last gasp victory and such a great fightback was really pleasing.”
Meyrick, who has raced in the world-famous Le Mans 24-hours series and the American Le Mans series, signed with Bentley back in November last year as the team looked to revive the era of the ‘Bentley Boys’ who dominated the circuit in the 1930s – the last time that Bentley were seen on a British circuit competitively.
“It was a special moment and I think it marked the return of the ‘Bentley Boys’,” he said.
“It was something that will go into the record books – a little bit of history. It was just brilliant to be a part of it.”
Now that the euphoria of their victory has passed, Meyrick has urged his team to build on their success and create a new racing dynasty of their own, starting at the Paul Ricard Circuit in Le Castellet, France, on June 27.
Meyrick added: “We’re keeping our feet on the ground but we have something great to build on now and we need to keep it up in the next round.”