After being handed an opportunity to snatch the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) LMP1 title by an early accident for rivals Muscle Milk Pickett Racing at Petit Le Mans Dyson Racing have hit their own issues as the race approaches half distance.
After the Muscle Milk crew returned their car to the track 40 laps down after repairs, Dyson Racing’s hopes of taking the title rested with their rivals encountering further delays while avoiding trouble themselves. The 40 lap deficit inherited by Klaus Graf stayed safely inside the margin needed to complete 70% of the 1,000 mile of 10 hour finale of the ALMS season and so bank points for the championship.
However out of fifth overall – a lap off the pace of overall leaders Rebellion Racing – Guy Smith in the #16 Lola-Mazda slowed, reportedly with fuel pressure issues. The Englishman – who can win the title with co-driver Chris Dyson – pitted the car with a brief delay before returning, refuelled, to the race.
But, on his out lap, Smith slowed again and returned to the pits, the team beginning to work on the car to locate the source of the issue. Unable to do so under the restrictions on manpower allowed over the wall in the pitlane the car was taken back to the teams’ awning a more extensive examination.
All the while the entry falls down the order back towards the recovering Muscle Milk car.