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Smith disappointed by Rebellion DNF

15 June 2010

Former Le Mans 24 Hours winner Guy Smith suffered disappointment in this year's race when Rebellion Racing failed to make it to the chequered flag

The 35-year-old retired from the 78th running of the Le Mans 24 Hour endurance sportscar race shortly after one-third distance when French co-driver Jean-Christophe Boullion crashed their Lola-Rebellion Coupé out of eleventh place, with the sister car also failing to make it the finish.

“I am very disappointed but we all make mistakes and I have huge respect for Jean-Christophe,” Smith said. “My stint earlier in the race had been very good despite only managing a handful of laps in practice. I was really happy with the balance of the car and was able to immediately settle into a good rhythm.

“I'd recorded our car's fastest lap and was looking forward to my second stint, readying myself for a near four-hour session behind the wheel when unfortunately Jean-Christophe lost control after reporting a problem with our car's headlights.

“He hit the guard rail hard damaging the car beyond repair. We'd been hovering just outside the top-ten and were looking good for a top-three amongst the petrol-engined cars.”

The Rebellion sportscar of Smith, Boullion and Andrea Belicchi had started the annual race from 18th place on the 55-car grid. Smith, who won the race for Bentley in 2003 and then finished second the following year, was competing in the twice-around-the clock marathon for the seventh time in his career.

Smith now returns to his regular seat with Dyson Racing in the American Le Mans Series.