Guy Smith's run of cruel luck in the American Le Mans Series continued when his race ended in Canada even before getting behind the wheel of his BP Lola-Mazda Coupe yesterday (30 Aug). Co-driver Chris Dyson began the 165-minute race second in...
Guy Smith's run of cruel luck in the American Le Mans Series continued when his race ended in Canada even before getting behind the wheel of his BP Lola-Mazda Coupe yesterday (30 Aug).
Co-driver Chris Dyson began the 165-minute race second in the LM P2 class and led after 50mins -- moments before the American crashed out in the British-built sportscar.
Dyson went off backwards at the first corner on the 2.453-mile Mosport International Raceway near Toronto leaving Smith, 34, from Beverley, to ponder what might have been -- for a fourth consecutive race.
"Our BP Lola-Mazda Coupe had been running superbly," reflected Smith. "Chris had pitted for fuel and an oil top-up from the class lead after 43mins. But having made slight contact with a GT car the previous lap, Chris crashed heavily at Turn 1 -- currently we don't the cause.
"The rear of the Lola was badly damaged so we had to retire but thankfully Chris was perfectly okay. We now have the speed, we just need the reliability on our car and some luck. Our 'sister' Dyson car has chalked up a class win this season but Chris and I are on a poor run.
"It's frustrating but what can you do you? It's a case of just having to focus on the next race -- our luck will turn around."
Smith and Dyson recorded three, top-three podium results in the opening five ALMS races but have now been off the podium since May.
Road Atlanta hosts the penultimate ALMS round of the year -- the 1,000-mile Petit Le Mans race -- on 26 September. Guy finished second in class -- third overall -- in this prestigious event in 2006.