Guy Smith race diary: 10am

Autosport.com diarist Guy Smith continues to lead the Le Mans 24 Hours in the number 7 Bentley along with co-drivers Tom Kristensen and Rinaldo Capello. Having made it through the long night without problems, Guy fills us in on how he's driving and how he's sleeping

Guy Smith race diary: 10am

"I felt more comfortable in the car during my second stint. You've got to strike a really fine balance between maintaining fast and consistent lap times and not taking too many stupid chances when you encounter traffic.

It's a much better investment to lose a second behind a backmarker than to try a really dodgy overtaking manoeuvre that could take you out of the race. But every so often I get a really clear lap. That's when you can have some fun and put in a really clear lap-time, like Tom did last night.

I have been sleeping for half an hour here, half an hour there. Obviously, it's not possible to have anything approaching a decent deep sleep, but you'd got to grab what you can.

I've also been eating a lot of pasta to help maintain my stamina, and drinking lots of water, which is really important in the heat. I took a mineral supplement before the race to compensate for the loss of minerals in the body through sweating, but you still need to get lots of fluids on-board.

I've been enjoying - as always - a lot of family support. My Dad and Sister are over from Yorkshire, and quite a number of the sales and technical staff from the family business, Swift caravans and Bessacar Motorhomes, are down to cheer me on.

The amount of media attention I'm receiving has come as a pleasant surprise, but I'm here to focus on delivering the very best to Bentley's efforts to win, so I've got to balance my time very carefully.

What has impressed me most in the race so far are my team-mates Tom and Dindo. They are both ultimate professionals, and have so much experience around here, which is a really great benefit. They're both stars - but then I expected they would be!"

To find out how Guy's getting on in his efforts to win Le Mans, stay tuned to autosport.com.

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