Guy Smith race report

Beverley's Guy Smith suffered disappointment in the Le Mans 24 Hours last weekend (13-14 June). The 34-year-old Yorkshireman together with co-drivers Olivier Pla (F) and Miguel Paes do Amaral (Por) drove a British-built Ginetta-Zytek...

Beverley's Guy Smith suffered disappointment in the Le Mans 24 Hours last weekend (13-14 June).

The 34-year-old Yorkshireman together with co-drivers Olivier Pla (F) and Miguel Paes do Amaral (Por) drove a British-built Ginetta-Zytek 09S sportscar in the twice-around-the-clock encounter.

Smith began the race from fifth place in LM P2 but lost 30mins in the opening hour when the Portuguese Quifel-ASM team were forced to repair a broken fuel line.

Guy resumed in 53rd position overall, 11th in class, but with just over three hours on the clock, co-driver do Amaral crashed off at Arnage causing extensive right front corner damage which could not be repaired.

"Some braking issues had started during the warm-up on race morning," reflected Guy.

"We fitted new brakes for the race but something wasn't quite right. I encountered a fuel problem early on and with that repaired, was running well apart from a lack of straight line speed.

"Miguel [do Amaral] took over from me but went off the track, got going again only to immediately 'lock-up' under braking again and hit the barriers hard. He managed to get the car back to the pits but the damage was too extensive.

"I'd love to return to Le Mans again in a LMP1 class car -- like the sportscars I drove to first [Bentley] and second [Audi] places overall in 2003 and '04 respectively.

"Perhaps the team that I race for in the American Le Mans Series, Dyson, will come over with it's Lola-Mazda team."

Smith returns to ALMS action when he contests the fifth round of the ALMS series at Lime Rock Park on 18 July. Guy currently lies second in the class standings after three top-three placings.

-credit: guysmith

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Series ALMS , Le Mans
Drivers Guy Smith , Olivier Pla