Tom Kimber-Smith has been busy living the jet-set professional racing driver lifestyle for the last two weeks, hopping from his base in the UK to the South of France and then straight on to Florida! It hasn’t been holiday-time for the 27-year-old, however, as he has been carrying out testing duties for Greaves Motorsport in readiness for the start of his and their programmes in both the European Le Mans Series and the World Endurance Championship.
Following on from a recent shakedown test at Silverstone with the Greaves Motorsport Zytek Z11SN-Nissan LMP2 machine, Tom then attended the official European Le Mans Series (ELMS) test at Paul Ricard on March 9th. He was joined there by his ELMS team-mates, Alex Brundle, and Spaniard, Lucas Ordonez, as well as Alex’s famous father, ex-F1 star and F1 TV commentator, Martin Brundle. Brundle Snr was having his first run in the car in preparation for when he races it at Le Mans in June. The team ended up second quickest at Paul Ricard, and Tom is confident that they are in good shape for the first 6-Hour ELMS race there on April 1st.
“The car ran faultlessly over the two days of running.” Comments Tom, “On my third lap of testing I was already quicker than we went last year, and by the end of the test we were substantially faster than last year’s pole. This goes to show what a great effort everyone at Greaves Motorsport, Nissan and Zytek have put in to keep us at the front end of the field.”
Following his runs at the French test, Tom jumped out of one Greaves Zytek-Nissan LMP2, flew across the Atlantic to Sebring race track, Florida and jumped straight into another one! This particular car is the team’s entry for the World Endurance Championship (WEC), where Tom’s job is to provide some testing and set-up data for regular drivers, Christian Zugel, Ricardo Gonzalez and Elton Julian. His test early last week was then the foundation for this driving crew’s successful run to fourth place in the LMP2 class of the WEC at the Sebring 12 Hours last weekend.