EAST Yorkshire racer Guy Smith brought his worst sequence of American Le Mans Series career results to an end by posting an encouraging second place in Dyson Racing’s home race.
The Beverley-born ace finished six laps down on championship rivals Lucas Luhr and Klaus Graf in the Northeast Grand Prix at the 1.5-mile Lime Rock Park circuit in Connecticut to end a three-race non-finish “nightmare”.
“It’s nice to get a finish on the board after such a tough start to the season,” said Smith.
“We really wanted to win this race, like we had done in 2011, but we just had too many little problems that held us back on this occasion.
“We’d had really good tests so I was optimistic that Lime Rock would see an end to the silly niggles that had affected our opening three races of the season.”
For the third consecutive race, the Smith/Dyson Thetford/RACER Mazda Lola started from the front row of the grid after Dyson claimed the second fastest time in qualifying.
Before Smith’s next ALMS race at Mosport, in Canada, on July 21, he will be reunited with the 2003 Le Mans 24 Hour race-winning Bentley Speed 8 at Goodwood this weekend.
“I’m really looking forward to Goodwood as it’s always a great event and I really enjoy driving my Le Mans winning Bentley,” he said.