Successful Sims sets sights high

Alexander Sims
Alexander Sims

RACING driver Alexander Sims claimed a convincing win during the first race weekend of the 2011 Series in Turkey on Sunday.

Coupled with an eighth place finish in the first race of the weekend, former Stamford Schoolboy Sims – who is in his first year in GP3 – currently lies in third in the Championship.

Penalised for exceeding the track limits during Saturday’s practice, Sims, from Wansford, started 12th on the grid but made a perfect start and was up to ninth by turn two.

Two corners later he overtook another car and he continued to close in on the leading pack, taking seventh by the end of the opening lap.

After a safety car period, Sims moved up to sixth but among the faster drivers, he eventually crossed the finish line in eighth position and picked up a championship point.

On Sunday morning, Sims took to the grid for the second GP3 race with the finishing positions of the top eight from Saturday’s race reversed for the starting grid, putting Sims in pole position.

He made a text book start and began to pull away and continued his blistering pace to set several fastest laps during the race.

While other cars struggled with tyre wear, Sims had perfectly managed his, and by the time he took the chequered flag and victory after 15 laps of racing, he was 7.4 second ahead of second place.

Sims said: “Saturday was a little disappointing as we were hopeful of a race victory but the penalty which moved me 10 places down the grid meant our focus moved to securing valuable points.

“Today we had a perfect day; leading the race from the lights to the flag, as well as setting the fastest lap of the race.

“We now look ahead to the next race in Barcelona where we will look to build on the points from Turkey and climb up the Championship standings.”