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Le Mans winner enters Roger Albert Clark Rally

Sportscar ace Guy Smith to drive a historic specification Ford Escort RS200 at the 2009 Roger Albert Clark Rally.
Guy Smith, winner at Le Mans in 2003 for Bentley, will tackle the 2009 Roger Albert Clark Rally alongside his father Peter in what will be Guy's third-ever rally.

The world-renowned sports car racer will contest the four-day rally in a historic specification Ford Escort RS2000, while Peter will be in his regular Porsche 911 for his first attempt at the 13-16 November rally.

"It's in at the deep end," said Guy. "I'm just doing it for fun and the aim is to try and get round without crashing.

“It will be like doing four or five rallies in one go. It's a bit of a busman's holiday and it is something we can do together for fun."

Guy made his rallying debut in June, having been encouraged to try the sport by Peter. After a long break from rallying, Peter returned to historic events in April 2008 and contested a full BHRC season this year in the Porsche.

XS Racing will look after both cars, with Howard Pridmore alongside Guy and Russ Langthorne, as usual, on the maps for Peter.

"I've not done this event before," said Peter. "I did the Clubmans RAC in 1978. It will be an adventure and it is perfect for me that it starts in Yorkshire!"

Guy recently took his family for a day out to Scarborough and took the opportunity to have a look at Oliver's Mount, which features prominently on the opening day of the Roger Albert Clark. "That's tarmac, so we should be okay on that bit!" he joked.

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Guy Smith in action on the 2009 Mid Wales Stages

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