A CHESTER racing driver will fulfil a lifetime’s ambition in June when he makes his debut in the Le Mans 24 Hour race – the jewel in the crown of international sports car racing.
Driving for AIM Team ORECA in the ORECA 01 Le Mans Prototype, Meyrick will be teamed with French aces Soheil Ayari and Didier André for the world famous endurance event.
The 24-year-old from Delamere will be using all the experience he gained in 2009 with the Kolles Audi R10 TDI and, more recently, with Dyson Racing in their Mazda-powered Lola B09/86 coupé.
Meyrick, a former Chester King’s School pupil, said: “To do Le Mans for the first time with such a well-known and respected team as ORECA is just like a dream.
“I’d like to thank (team boss) Hugues de Chaunac for giving me the opportunity to compete at Le Mans with one of the most iconic teams in the business.”
Meyrick, who came agonisingly close to securing a ride at last year’s Le Mans event, can’t wait to make the trip to France for the big race on June 12/13.
“Up to now I’ve only seen the race as a spectator, since I was four years old!” he said. “I had my first taste of the ORECA 01 at the test days on the Paul Ricard HTTT circuit a month or so ago, and I found it fantastic.
“With my two experienced teammates I’m sure we’ll be competitive.
“I’ve already raced on Dunlop tyres and I hope I’ll be able to make a big contribution to the team.”
Prior to his move to sports cars, Meyrick raced in Formula Ford and Formula Renault before moving up the British F3 Championship in 2008, a series in which he distinguished himself by scoring seven victories and nine pole positions in 12 races.
This year he has stepped up to compete in the American Le Mans series.