Utah: Guy Smith race report

Guy Smith remains second in the LM P2 class of the American Le Mans Series after an electrical gremlin cost the Yorkshireman a likely class victory in Salt Lake City yesterday (17 May). American co-driver Chris Dyson qualified their BP ...

Guy Smith remains second in the LM P2 class of the American Le Mans Series after an electrical gremlin cost the Yorkshireman a likely class victory in Salt Lake City yesterday (17 May).

American co-driver Chris Dyson qualified their BP Lola-Mazda fifth fastest overall, third in the LM P2 class, but led the category after 10mins, and pitted after 52mins to hand over the British-built machine to Smith still in the lead.

Resuming third in class, Smith was third overall, second in LM P2 and closing on the leader, on 90mins when a misfire forced Guy to bring the Lola Coupe sportscar in to the pits.

Over 12 minutes were lost in the pits for three separate stops for repairs, Smith returning to the action around the 3.06-mile Miller Motorsports Park track near Salt Lake City 11th overall, third in class.

With 30mins remaining, Smith had clawed back to sixth overall in his Dyson Mazda-engined Lola Coupe B09/86 -- a position he held to the chequered flag in the 165-minute race -- Guy's third successive top-three LM P2 ALMS result.

"It was a good weekend and we're continuing to make excellent progress and close the gap to the Acura," reflected Guy.

"Both BP Dyson Lola-Mazdas had the chance to win but unfortunately my car had an electrical problem that probably cost Chris and I a class win."

Smith now switches his attention to racing a Ginetta-Zytek 09S for the Portuguese Quifel-ASM team in the Le Mans 24 Hours (13-14 Jun) before the next round of the ALMS at Lime Rock Park on 18 July -- plus an impending major occurrence in the Smith household in Beverley.

"Before setting off to Le Mans next month, my wife Alicia is due to give birth to our second child so things are going to be pretty hectic even before I arrive in France!"

-credit: gsPR

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Series ALMS
Drivers Guy Smith , Chris Dyson