Billericay drivers Bradley Smith and Lewis Plato just looking to take chequered flag at Daytona

Bradley Smith

Bradley Smith

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BILLERICAY racing drivers Bradley Smith and Lewis Plato are looking no further than reaching the chequered flag at Daytona this weekend.

Smith is driving in the main Rolex 24 race at the American circuit and Plato will be contesting a support race.

But racing at the world famous banked track in Florida will be a learning curve for the Mectech Motorsport duo.

“I am staying open-minded, but most of all I need to finish the race, that would be fantastic,” said 22-year-old Smith.

“I know it could open new opportunities, but I am staying grounded as I still have lots to learn. “But this is such a great opportunity and I will enjoy it for what it is.” And Plato added: “I am staying open-minded too, but you can’t under value such a great experience really.”

The drivers won the chance to race at Daytona in the Sunoco Challenge after successful seasons racing Radicals in 2013.

They have both tested at the track this winter, most recently at the Roar before the 24 earlier this month.

Smith will be driving alongside Max Papis, Boris Said and Eric Curren in a Marsh Motorsport Daytona Prototype sports.

The 2014-spec car had a few teething problems at the Roar which the team aim to have ironed out ahead of the 24-hour endurance race which starts on Saturday.

Smith said the Daytona Prototypes had more power and a higher speed than he was used to racing in a Radical.

But he was surprised the car felt less physical than the Radical despite reaching nearly 200mph in the banked corners. The Roar was the first time 20-year-old Plato had the chance to drive the Mitchum Motorsport Chevrolet Corvette he will race in the Sunoco 200 Challenge.

But he was satisfied with the test after getting accustomed to the car he will share with American driver Cameron Lawrence.

“I have had two tests in the car now,” Platon added. “It’s just such a great prize and wonderful experience.”

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