Road Atlanta: Guy Smith race report

Yorkshireman Guy Smith suffered disappointment in the American Le Mans Series closing 1,000-mile Petit Le Mans powered by Mazda2 race at Road Atlanta last Saturday (2 Oct). The 36-year-old from Beverley driver shared his British-built Lola ...

Yorkshireman Guy Smith suffered disappointment in the American Le Mans Series closing 1,000-mile Petit Le Mans powered by Mazda2 race at Road Atlanta last Saturday (2 Oct).

The 36-year-old from Beverley driver shared his British-built Lola Coupe with regular American co-driver, Chris Dyson, plus Briton Andy Meyrick in the annual race.

Dyson started their Castrol Dyson Racing Lola Coupe Mazda from the third row of the massive 45-car grid, Smith having set the fastest qualifying time in the LM P2 category the previous day around the 2.54-mile, undulating 12-turn road course and the sixth quickest overall.

But an early electrical issue plus unlucky timing of full course caution periods cost Smith's Lola the lead in the LM P2 category before a gearbox issue sidelined the British-built car shortly after mid-distance when placed second in class.

"We could have had a shot of another class win if it hadn't been for a gearbox gremlin," reflected Guy. "We'd fixed the electrical problem but then suffered a transmission issue -- something we've never had before which makes it doubly disappointing.

"I was really pleased with qualifying and it felt good to get my second pole and of course it would have been great to finish off what has been a good and reasonably successful season with a win. It wasn't to be so as soon as the chequered flag dropped on Saturday evening, the team are now focussing on the 2011 season and returning even stronger."

Chris Dyson, Vice President and Team Director of Dyson Racing, commented: "Guy is the complete package. As well as being a great person, he is without doubt one of the fastest sportscar drivers in the world."

Despite Smith's non-finish, the popular Briton finished fourth in the final Driver's standings.

-source: gs

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Series ALMS
Drivers Guy Smith , Chris Dyson , Andy Meyrick
Teams Dyson Racing