Long Beach: Guy Smith race report

Britain's Guy Smith remains second in the LM P2 class of the American Le Mans Series after the latest race in Long Beach on Saturday (18 Apr). The Yorkshireman plus American co-driver Chris Dyson finished second in class in their...

Britain's Guy Smith remains second in the LM P2 class of the American Le Mans Series after the latest race in Long Beach on Saturday (18 Apr).

The Yorkshireman plus American co-driver Chris Dyson finished second in class in their British-build Lola Coupe sportscar in the 100-minute Californian race around the temporary shoreline "street" circuit.

For the third consecutive race, the Smith/Dyson Mazda-engined Lola Coupe B09/86 qualified second quickest in the LMP2 category, Guy starting from the second row of the 21-car grid.

Smith led the LMP2 category for over half the race and pitted after 53mins (lap 41), Dyson taking over the Lola-Mazda, resuming in second place -- a position the American maintained to the chequered flag.

"The race went very well for us," reflected Smith. "I passed the pole-starting LMP2 car [Diaz] around the outside into the first corner at the start and pulled away from him.

"The result exceeded my expectations for the weekend after a troubled first day of practice but the Dyson team worked incredibly hard and our engineer Peter Weston came up trumps with a great set-up on our car for the race."

The fourth round of the ALMS is staged at the Miller Motorsports Park in Salt Lake City on 17 May. The 165-minute race on the 3.06-mile track in Utah is the last Stateside event before Guy switches his attention to racing a Ginetta-Zytek 09S for the Portuguese Quifel-ASM team in the Le Mans 24 Hours (13-14 Jun).

Guy added: "I'm really enjoying driving the BP Lola-Mazda and can't wait to get to Salt Lake for the next race. We're chipping away at the advantage our class rival Acura had over us at the beginning of the season but heading to the fourth race, we're that much closer with our new car which is very encouraging."

-credit: gsPR

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Series ALMS
Drivers Guy Smith , Chris Dyson