United Autosports finished third in the Michelin Le Mans Cup race at Paul Ricard yesterday (29 August) after Daniel Schneider and Andy Meyrick brought their #24 Ligier JS P320 home in very wet conditions. John Schauerman and Wayne Boyd finished 9th after a difficult race.
The third Le Mans Cup race of the 2020 season began on Saturday afternoon, with a wet track causing discussions about which tyres to begin the race on. Ultimately both cars started on slick tyres and ran a trouble free first quarter of the race, with John making up five places from his starting position. Daniel unfortunately dropped from sixth to ninth until the rain began to fall again and both cars pitted for wet tyres.
With almost 50 minutes gone, a full course yellow was thrown. Daniel, running fifth for the second half of his stint, pitted after completing his mandatory driving time and handed the car over to Andy Meyrick, the rain still falling heavily. John pitted shortly after and handed the car over the Wayne Boyd, who had to then come back in to the pits to serve a drive through after John made contact with another car earlier in the race.
Andy, now in fourth, began chasing down the top three, with the weather conditions failing to improve and only getting worse. Wayne was running P13 for the majority of his stint, fighting back through GT traffic and backmarkers. Unfortunately, with 20 minutes to go, Andy had a small spin on the back straight, but recovered and continued with the race, but had dropped to fifth.
With 11 minutes remaining, Wayne pitted to serve his second mandatory pit stop and re-joined in 12th, while Andy was running third until he too had to pit to serve his second stop. The conditions on track began to get worse, with cars spinning, including another spin for the #24. At the end of the race, Wayne crossed the line 10th with Andy finishing fourth. A post-race decision by the stewards moved both cars up one spot on the final classifications.
The next round of the Michelin Le Mans Cup, the Road to Le Mans, will be held at Le Mans, France on 17-19 September.
Source. United Autosports