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Close call for Meyrick sees DeltaWing withdraw from Mosport TUSC

Briton Andy Meyrick escapes as cockpit fire leaves #0 car too damaged to continue in the TUDOR United Sportscar event in Canada.

Andy Meyrick's return to the DeltaWing Racing Cars team proved to be short-lived after the #0 car suffered a cockpit fire during Friday afternoon's practice session.

Having missed the previous TUDOR United Sportscar Championship round, the 28-year old was back in harness for Mosport, and his weekend appeared to get off to a strong start as he posted the sixth fastest time in Friday's morning session. It was while he was at the wheel of the prototype for second practice, however, that a fuel line ruptured, triggering a fire inside the cockpit and engine area.

The intensity of the fire meant that Meyrick was taken to the on-site medical centre for attention, but was later released with just minor burns to his face. The same could not be said for the DeltaWing coupe, however. Having sustained too much damage – including delamination too extensive to repair outside of its workshop in Braselton, Georgia – the team was forced to withdraw the car from the event.

“It's really disappointing not to be racing here being so quick in practice on Friday,” Meyrick said, “Unfortunately, the fire damaged the car too much for the team to repair it and get it back out on track.

“I was extremely lucky to walk away with only a few minor burns and a couple of blisters really. I want to say a big thank you to all the marshals and medical staff at the circuit, as well as the team and everybody who sent messages. I'm absolutely fine and will be looking forward to getting back in the car again soon.”

Next up for the DeltaWing Racing Cars team is the Continental Tire Showcase at Road America on Sunday 10 August, and team manager Tim Keene is confident that the #0 will be back on track.

“It's disappointing, because we were so quick here, but we've got a new chassis back at the shop so we'll get back on track as quickly as possible,” he confirmed.

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