ANDY MEYRICK felt the reward for months of hard work when he raced in his latest endurance event in America.

The Delamere driver, 27, led the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) race at the Road America circuit in Wisconsin for more than eight laps in the revolutionary DeltaWing Racing car, which finally placed third in class and fifth overall.

Meyrick’s team-mate and fellow Brit Katherine Legge started the race in the rain, giving the team the first chance to race the Batmobile-like car on the Bridgestone wet tyres.

It performed incredibly, showing off its straight-line speed and strong grip. After a well-timed pit stop, Meyrick took over on lap 30 and was leading the race. However, the pace of the championship-leading Muscle Milk LMP1 car was too much for the DeltaWing charger and, in the final laps, an unfortunately timed yellow flag left the team in fifth overall and third in class.

Meyrick said: “When we were behind the wheel, we both had it in our heads that the Muscle Milk guys weren’t going to get past!

“We both tried but they were really quick in traffic. It shows how far we’ve come – who would have thought we’d be battling it out with Muscle Milk so early into our development season?”

Meyrick will next race the DeltaWing at the Circuit of the Americas in round eight.