Guy Smith endured a miserable return to American Le Mans Series action after a break of over two months when the Yorkshireman posted a non-finish at Lime Rock on Saturday (18 July). As a result, the 34-year-old from Beverley slips one place to ...
Guy Smith endured a miserable return to American Le Mans Series action after a break of over two months when the Yorkshireman posted a non-finish at Lime Rock on Saturday (18 July).
As a result, the 34-year-old from Beverley slips one place to third in the championship standings after missing out on a fourth class podium from five ALMS races staged to date this season.
American co-driver Chris Dyson qualified their BP Lola-Mazda fifth fastest overall, third in LM P2, around the undulating and twisty 10-corner, 1.53-mile Lime Rock circuit near Lakeville in Northwest Connecticut -- the Dyson team's "home" track.
Lying fourth overall and an excellent second in class, Dyson pitted 55-minutes into the 165-minute race with and electrical problem that could not ultimately be rectified for Smith to resume the race.
"It was a great shame," reflected Smith. "We were on course for at least a second in class behind our BP Dyson Racing team-mates if not a victory despite an earlier brush with the overall leader when he suddenly slowed directly in front of Chris [Dyson] only for an electronics gremlin to hit us. The guys spent over 30minutes trying to rectify the problem but to no avail.
"But our team-mates went on to score a fabulous BP Dyson Lola-Mazda maiden LM P2 victory so we know the car is a winner and hopefully it will be the turn of Chris and I to bring it home first in the not too distant future."
Smith has been racing regularly in the ALMS since 2006 and only on one occasion has he posted a result a Lime Rock, a fourth in class two years ago.
Guy must turns his attention to a crucial run of four ALMS races in five weeks beginning at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on 9 August to get his LM P2 title aspirations back on track.
Lime Rock: Guy Smith race report
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