24 Hours of Le Mans

Kimber-Smith Claims Third Le Mans Class Victory

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Tom Kimber-Smith scored his third 24 Hours of Le Mans class victory from four starts, and his second consecutive LMP2 win in the race, last weekend with Starworks Motorsport.

The Englishman shared the team's HPD ARX-03a with regular World Endurance Championship drivers Enzo Potolicchio and Ryan Dalziel.

Small problems in qualifying restricted the car to ninth in LMP2 on the grid, but Kimber-Smith's opening stint brought the car up to third in an ultra-competitive and reliable class.

By the halfway point Starworks had moved into the class lead, and up into seventh overall, where they remained until the finish with a lap's advantage over their opposition.

“This was a very tough race,” said Kimber-Smith afterwards.

“It was absolutely flat out from the word go and I was doing qualifying laps all the time! The car ran perfectly for the entire 24 hours, with only two small issues which was amazing. The Starworks team was faultless all week and they truly deserved this win.

“Enzo drove so well in his stints, he stepped up and was quicker than many of the pro drivers out there during the early morning stints. Ryan was outstanding, fast and consistent all race despite being a Le Mans rookie.

“I have to say a big 'Thank You' to Peter Baron and Enzo for giving me this opportunity, Starworks Motorsport and HPD for giving us a perfect car, and also to Greaves Motorsport for allowing me to take up the drive.”

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