Guy Smith begins his assault on Le Mans. Briton Guy Smith successfully completed three days of testing at the Virginia International Raceway in South Carolina last week in preparation for his assault on the Le Mans 24 Hours in June. The 27 year...
Guy Smith begins his assault on Le Mans.
Briton Guy Smith successfully completed three days of testing at the Virginia International Raceway in South Carolina last week in preparation for his assault on the Le Mans 24 Hours in June. The 27 year old from Hull, joined team-mate Marc Goossens in the Jim Matthews Riley & Scott he took to second place at Daytona and third at Sebring.
"We had a really good test at Virginia," said Guy. " I'd never been to the track before, it's a great circuit, a cross between Road Atlanta and Laguna Seca, with the best bits from each. We ran three trouble-free days and had some very productive results. Mainly we were checking out new front splitters, nose and wings and overall we're really pleased with how things went."
"Panoz were there too with Brabham, Magnussen and Herta, so it was a good opportunity to see how competitive we were there against those guys, and we're really happy with the end result. We wound up only slightly slower than them and we were running with low downforce so it's a fantastic performance."
"We were able to produce some really good top speeds, around 190mph, and it really was a lot of fun. I'm looking forward now to pre-qualifying for Le Mans and feel even more confident that we can do a good job there."
Pre-qualifying for Le Mans takes place on May 5th, prior to the French classic event, which takes place on June 15/16th. The race itself will be Guy's third visit to the event, and following two hugely successful outings so far this year, is optimistic of a good finish.
"So far this year, we've been up against all the top factory teams and been able to finish on the podium in both races, which for a private entry is really amazing. In endurance racing the reliability factor is crucial and the Riley & Scott has impressed me very much on that score. Hopefully we can continue that run into the most famous sportscar race ever and get a strong finish."