Utah: Guy Smith race report

Guy Smith, from Driffield, slipped one place to fourth in the American Le Mans Series after recording sixth place at Salt Lake City The Yorkshireman's American co-driver Chris Dyson began the race from the back of the 30-car field but was up to...

Guy Smith, from Driffield, slipped one place to fourth in the American Le Mans Series after recording sixth place at Salt Lake City

The Yorkshireman's American co-driver Chris Dyson began the race from the back of the 30-car field but was up to fifth in the LM P2 class -- eighth overall -- after 30mins of racing around the revised 3.06-mile, 15-corner Miller Motorsports Park in Utah.

Dyson handed over the Thetford/Norcold Dyson Racing Porsche Spyder to Smith after 97mins with Guy setting a fast pace and clocking his fastest race lap two minutes from the finish in the 2hr 45min race.

The Briton took the chequered flag in sixth one-lap behind the winning Porsche of Romain Dumas/Timo Bernhard in the 85 degree heat.

Smith reflected: "Rules dictate you must start the race on the tyres you qualified on. I collected a slow puncture in qualifying so we had to change the tyre so it was a back of the grid start for Chris.

"But he had worked his way through the field very well and we drove a good race to collect more championship points. Unfortunately the tyre pressures weren't quite right which caused me to suffer from a lack of grip until the temperature came up and gave me the grip I needed."

-credit: guysmithPR

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Series ALMS
Drivers Guy Smith , Timo Bernhard , Romain Dumas , Chris Dyson
Teams Dyson Racing