Guy Smith qualifying report

The British-built Ginetta-Zytek that Yorkshireman Guy Smith drives in the Le Mans 24 Hours will start the race on Saturday (2pm BST) from fifth place on the LM P2 category grid. Smith, from Beverley, won the 2003 Le Mans race outright in...

The British-built Ginetta-Zytek that Yorkshireman Guy Smith drives in the Le Mans 24 Hours will start the race on Saturday (2pm BST) from fifth place on the LM P2 category grid.

Smith, from Beverley, won the 2003 Le Mans race outright in a Bentley but for the second consecutive year, bids for LM P2 class glory with the Portuguese Quifel-ASM team.

The 34-year-old Yorkshireman again teams-up with Olivier Pla (F) and Miguel Paes do Amaral (Por) at Le Mans but this year driving a new Ginetta-Zytek 09S sportscar.

Pla set the 25th overall fastest time in the 55-car field, clocking a time of 3mins 42.012secs around the 8.47-mile track but more importantly the fifth best time in the 12-car LM P2 category.

Guy commented: "Initially the car was very nervous -- I was driving with a wet set-up from the previous evening [Wednesday]. We then changed it for the second part of the four-hour session and Olivier did a good job.

"Unfortunately he encountered traffic on his fastest lap so we should have been closer to the class pole-sitting Porsche.

"But we've got a pretty good race car after Wednesday's six-hour session and tonight's four hour time trial which should give us a shot at a class podium come Sunday afternoon."

-credit: guy smith

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