Spa: Guy Smith preview

Guy Smith returns to the top LM P1 sports-prototype category after a near three-year absence when the Yorkshireman races a Ginetta-Zytek GZ09S at Spa-Francorchamps next weekend (8-10 May). Smith competes in the second round of the Le Mans ...

Guy Smith returns to the top LM P1 sports-prototype category after a near three-year absence when the Yorkshireman races a Ginetta-Zytek GZ09S at Spa-Francorchamps next weekend (8-10 May).

Smith competes in the second round of the Le Mans Series for Team LNT in the 1,000km race -- the 34-year-old Briton's first proper race on the famous 4.35-mile Belgium track for six years -- with fellow Briton Robbie Kerr and team owner Lawrence Tomlinson sharing the driving.

"I'm really looking forward to driving LNT's brand new Ginetta-Zytek at Spa," confirmed Guy who lies second in the LM P2 American Le Mans Series standings for the BP Dyson Lola Mazda team.

"I've been in conversation with fellow Yorkshireman Lawrence [Tomlinson] for the past couple of months and it's a perfect fit for both LNT and me to race at Spa.

"When Lawrence [Tomlinson] gets involved in something it's done correctly as can be seen from the way he has developed the Ginetta brand and racing series while his involvement with Zytek has created a great buzz and I am very happy to be a part of his team's Spa programme."

2003 Le Mans 24 Hour race winner Smith briefly tested the Ginetta-Zytek GZ09S at Snetterton earlier this month and is eager to reacquaint himself to the majestic Spa track.

Guy added: "My last competitive race at Spa was a FIA GT race in 2003 although I did a 'fun' race in a Volkswagen Beetle for the BBC Top Gear magazine team the following year. It's a fantastic track and I can't wait to race a LM P1 sports-prototype around there -- it will be an awesome experience.

"A similar Ginetta-Zytek started the opening LMS race from pole-position and although the ultra-fast diesel engined Peugeots will be back on the LMS scene at Spa combined with first round winners Aston Martin posing a big threat, I'm confident we'll have the speed in Belgium."

Smith is dovetailing this one-off LMS drive at Spa and racing a Ginetta-Zytek 09S for the Portuguese Quifel-ASM team in the Le Mans 24 Hours (13-14 Jun) with his ALMS commitment for Dyson Racing, a US operation Guy has been with since 2006.

"I must thank Rob and Chris Dyson for giving me their blessing to race at Spa," said Smith. "We've made massive progress in the opening three races with our new BP Lola-Mazda Coupe and I'm optimistic of scoring our first LM P2 win just a week after the LMS Spa race when I continue my ALMS programme in Salt Lake City."

Smith's last race in a LM P1 category sportscar was in a Dyson Lola in the Petit Le Mans 1,000-mile race (Oct 2006) while the Spa race will mark Guy's first race in Europe, apart from competing at Le Mans, since racing a Chamberlain LMP2 Lola at Istanbul in 2005.

-creidt: gs

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Series European Le Mans
Drivers Guy Smith , Lawrence Tomlinson , Chris Dyson
Teams Dyson Racing , Team LNT