Andy Meyrick had his first qualifying opportunity for DeltaWing Racing Cars at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on Friday. The Englishman continued the development of the No. 0 DeltaWing, now powered by an Élan engine and with Bridgestone tires, to lap the 2.238-mile road course with a best time of 1:22.078.
Meyrick and new co-driver, fellow Briton Katherine Legge, will race in the American Le Mans Monterey, with the green flag on Saturday evening. It will be the fourth race start for the DeltaWing in its history, and second with its new partners and crew that are involved with the program this year.
“We got ahead of the GT field, which is where we need to be,” said Meyrick. “We had a number of issues earlier, but we've worked through them to this point. For the race, we need to stay out of trouble and keep our noses clean; that's the main objective.”
As the first driver to race the DeltaWing in more than one race, Meyrick evaluated the progress the DeltaWing Racing Cars team has made since its last start at the 12 Hours of Sebring in March.
“The engine feels good, and while the chassis balance might need some improvement, it's definitely manageable for the race,” said Meyrick, who has a prior race start at Laguna with Dyson Racing in 2010. “We're happy enough for now, and we have a good platform to go forward.
“At Sebring we had a really good warm-up,” he added. “We made some changes there to make the car better. We'll still need to use tomorrow as a test session, but we should be able to find a balance for the car to make it nicer for the race.”