Chester racing driver Andy Meyrick said he ‘couldn’t be happier’ after helping his Bentley team to back-to-back wins in the Blancpain Endurance Series.
After scoring an historic victory at Silverstone last month, the M-Sport Bentley Continental GT3 of Delamere racer Meryrick and team-mates Guy Smith and Steven Kane finished first in the third round of the Series at the Paul Ricard circuit in southern France.
With the victory, Meyrick, Smith and Kane move in to the lead in the overall drivers’ championship standings ahead of the Series’ headline event at the 24 Hours of Spa at the end of July.
In the dusk light of the track at Le Castellet, Kane was the driver to power to victory with a narrow lead of just 1.1 seconds after three hours of racing, in a race that demanded the very best from both the Continental GT3 and its trio of drivers.
The fight for the win dominated the third and final hour-long stint of the race, with the gap between the Bentley car and the ART McLaren.
Former King’s School Chester pupil Meyrick, 28, gave his team the lead midway through the race and expressed his delight at securing successive triumphs on the track.
“We came here knowing we could do well, but to come away with another win feels incredible,” said Meyrick.
“Guy was able to make a great start on new tyres, and he used them really well to make up places in the first few laps.
“That put me in the position to challenge for the lead, but the McLaren made me work for it, and I had to pull-off a really tricky move to get past him.
“Steven then had to keep the lead, which definitely wasn’t easy, and we had to push right until the end. We’ve shown what the Bentley is capable of in a close fight and I couldn’t be happier.”