Driffield's Guy Smith will race a British-built Lola sportscar in the 2009 American Le Mans Series. The 34-year-old British motorsport ace who won the 2003 Le Mans 24 Hours is set to drive a Lola Coupe B09/86 powered by a two-litre ...
Driffield's Guy Smith will race a British-built Lola sportscar in the 2009 American Le Mans Series.
The 34-year-old British motorsport ace who won the 2003 Le Mans 24 Hours is set to drive a Lola Coupe B09/86 powered by a two-litre turbocharged Mazda engine in the LM P2 category of the 10-race endurance sportscar series.
"I am thrilled to be remaining with Dyson Racing," confirmed Smith. "We'll be in a position to work side by side with Lola and Mazda to develop the package to its full potential.
"There will be two BP Dyson Racing Mazda Coupes on the grid which will be very exciting. The full potential of the Lola has yet to be seen -- especially as we'll be using Michelin tyres."
Smith remains loyal to the Dyson Racing team for a fourth consecutive season, having claimed fourth (2007) and sixth (2008) places in the final LM P2 championship standings in a Porsche Spyder having originally driven a Lola in 2006 in the North American endurance sportscar championship for the New York State-based team.
Guy added: "Rob and Chris Dyson have been very good to me and I hope I can repay them with the LMP2 Championship title but it'll obviously be very tough -- I'm looking forward to driving with Chris again.
"The Coupe is a very sexy looking car so I hope it's as fast as it looks! Lola have been working very hard on the car while Dyson are renowned for their ability to develop a car so I hope we're in a strong position to take the fight to our main rivals Acura now that Porsche have left the series."
Lola Cars is based in Huntingdon -- a Cambridgeshire company which celebrated its 50th anniversary last year -- while the two-litre turbocharged Mazda engine is prepared by Advanced Engine Research (AER) Ltd of Basildon in Essex.
Guy, who tested the car for the first time at Sebring recently (12-14 Jan), added: "It was great to be back in a racing car after the winter break and the our new Lola/Mazda package performed tremendously.
"We have a very good benchmark in our category with the Acura/Fernandez team and I look forward to having a great fight with them this season. The Dyson team are working hard on developing the new package and this is what they do best."
The opening ALMS race is the prestigious 12 hour event at Sebring on 21 March. Guy finished third in class in the corresponding race last year, a race often attended by a crowd in excess of 125,000.