Driffield's Guy Smith finished a confidence-boosting fifth in class in the American Le Mans Series race at Mid Ohio on Saturday (10 Jul). Smith's American co-driver Chris Dyson began the four-hour race having qualified seventh in the LM P2 ...
Driffield's Guy Smith finished a confidence-boosting fifth in class in the American Le Mans Series race at Mid Ohio on Saturday (10 Jul).
Smith's American co-driver Chris Dyson began the four-hour race having qualified seventh in the LM P2 category and handed over to Guy with 55mins on the clock during the race's first full course caution.
The Yorkshireman ran seventh in class, ninth overall, on the hour mark around the 2.4-mile, 15-corner circuit in Ohio.
A second full course caution on 80mins bunched up the 30-car field with Smith's Thetford/Norcold Dyson Racing Porsche Spyder on the lead lap and just 20secs behind the overall leader and 15secs behind the leading LM P2 car.
Smith stopped again to top up the fuel and for new tyres during another caution period after 98mins, Guy resuming fifth in class, now less than three seconds behind the class leader when the race re-started with 37mins remaining.
At the chequered flag, Smith was 52secs behind the overall winner and 41secs behind the LM P2 class winning car.
Guy, who remains fifth in the championship standings, commented: "The Dyson team did a fantastic job after my massive accident at Lime Rock the previous Saturday. In addition to new bodywork, our car required a new tub, nose, front splitter, left hand side floor and wiring harness and engine which was a heck of a lot of work.
"Chris and I struggled for overall pace in Saturday's race but I was happy just to be at Mid-Ohio after Lime Rock. Our Porsche was good but not surprisingly due to the time restraints, we just missed out on the final set-up element to make us ultra-quick.
"It felt good to get back racing again and this result has brought back my confidence. I'm now looking forward to the rest of the season when we can get back our speed and hopefully claw our way back into the top-three of the championship standings."
Smith and Dyson lie fifth, just three points behind their team-mates Marino Franchitti and Butch Leitzinger and only a further 11pts from third place. The seventh ALMS round is the four-hour Generac 500 at Road America on 9 August.