Guy Smith: Ready for "The Ultimate" Challenge of Le Mans

Mark BatemanCorrespondent IJune 11, 2009

BRASELTON, GA - OCTOBER 04:  Guy Smith, driver of the #16 Dyson Racing Team Thetford/Norcold Porshe RS Spyder, during the American Le Mans Series Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta on October 4, 2008 in Braselton, Georgia.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Guy Smith is one of the United Kingdom's most successful racing car drivers. He has contested in a variety of competitions around the world and has a CV that is the envy of most in the sport.

Smith won the Le Mans 24-hour race as a driver for Team Bentley in 2003 along with six-time winner Tom Kristensen and two-time winner 'Dindo' Capello. To date, that is the 34-year-old's most prestigious victory.

Since then, Guy has driven for one of the most successful sports car teams in American History, Dyson Racing. He is a contender to win the LMP2 title in the American Le Mans Series this year, but this weekend will be concentrating on trying to win the LMP2 title at the Le Mans 24-hour race for Portuguese team, ASM.

The Beverley-born driver will be racing a Ginetta-Zytek and believes that his fourth Le Mans will see him return to winning ways.

He said: "We should have a good chance of winning the LMP2 title this year. The car is very competitive and will be able to compete with the Porsche Spyders, which I have also driven before."

After Smith won the Le Mans title in 2003, he moved to Audi in 2004 and finished runner up. He then had a four year break from the event, before returning to drive for ASM last season, finishing fourth in the LMP2 standings.

Smith thinks the team has evolved from last year and will be more of a threat this time, he also outlined his strategy for the race.

He said: "So much can happen in 24 hours and ultimately the team that stays out of the pit lane the most will win the race. We will aim to test and monitor the car so that we won't need to be constantly making adjustments.

"We are racing a brand new car this year, unlike the last one which was built toward the end of the development process.

"I think this new car should do very well for us this weekend and, from what I have seen in testing, it will give me the best chance of winning the LMP2 category."

Smith also summed up how important the Le Mans 24-hour race is to him and the many other drivers and fans.

He said: "Le Mans is just a great experience no matter how many times you race it, whether it is your first time or, like me, your fifth.

"It is a real test of endurance, for both car and man, and you get a real buzz because of the fans and the event's history. It is the ultimate motor sport challenge and there really is nothing like it."