Long Beach: Guy Smith race report

Driffield's Guy Smith remains third in the American Le Mans Series despite posting his worst result of the season on Saturday Smith, who had finished third and fourth in the LM P2 category in the opening two races, could only manage seventh at...

Driffield's Guy Smith remains third in the American Le Mans Series despite posting his worst result of the season on Saturday

Smith, who had finished third and fourth in the LM P2 category in the opening two races, could only manage seventh at the 100-minute Long Beach race.

American co-driver Chris Dyson began the race from sixth place -- for the third consecutive race -- courtesy of the 33-year-old Yorkshireman's qualifying performance the previous day.

Their Thetford/Norcold Dyson Racing Porsche Spyder ultimately took the chequered flag after 71-laps around the tight and twisting 1.968 mile, 11-corner temporary track in downtown Long Beach near Los Angeles -- the shortest on the 11-race ALMS calendar -- 86secs behind the class winning Acura.

"Qualifying was a little disappointing, a lack of grip killing us on outright speed, but we believed, like at the previous street race in St Petersburg, the race would come to us," reflected Smith.

"But unfortunately on this occasion it didn't. The Porsche was a little down on power for some reason while a delay at a pit-stop cost us a place or two as well. Very disappointing but we'll bounce back."

-credit: gs

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Series ALMS
Drivers Guy Smith , Chris Dyson
Teams Dyson Racing