Penultimate lap contact leads to Spa-Francorchamps heartbreak for Smith

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On July 24, 2019, Posted by , In Driver News, With No Comments
McLaren Driver Development Programme driver Josh Smith and team-mate James Dorlin were once again dealt a blow of bad luck at Spa-Francorchamps, after penultimate lap contact took them out of the race whilst leading the GT4 class. 
 
Starting from fourth place on the grid in the #4 Tolman Motorsport McLaren 570S GT4, Dorlin made a superb getaway, and before the field had made it to Eau Rouge, was already leading the class. 
 
Throughout the race the #4 McLaren lead a total of 41 laps, the only break in that was when the pitstops came for driver swap, briefly dropping them out of the top spot for three laps. 
 
At the end of the penultimate lap it was looking good for Tolman Motorsport and Smith, who had done a solid job of defending throughout his stint. 
 
Unfortunately lady luck was once again not on their side, as contact with a fellow GT4 competitor through the Bus Stop chicane caused damage to the radiator of the McLaren, and Smith was forced to retire from the race just after the hairpin on the last lap. 
 
While Smith was unable to finish the last lap, the #4 McLaren was classified twentieth overall, and sixth in class. 
 
The British GT championship heads to Brands Hatch for the next round on the weekend of the 3-4 August.