Sims is left shaken after serious crash

Alexander Sims, pictured at the Nurburgring. was shaken but not seriously injured at Spa
Alexander Sims, pictured at the Nurburgring. was shaken but not seriously injured at Spa
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WANSFORD racer Alexander Sims amazingly emerged unharmed after a serious accident while racing the Status LMP2 car in the Spa round of the FIA World Endurance Championship.

Sims’ Lola-Judd B12/80 Coupe crashed heavily at the fast Raidillon corner at the top of Eau Rouge and suffered extensive damage and the Status GP team withdrew from the race.

Sims, pictured, was shaken by the massive 6G impact with tyre barriers but was subsequently passed fit by the FIA medical delegate.

Sims, who had been second fastest in the opening practice session, said: “I caught up with some other cars going into Eau Rouge and was then behind them. I didn’t appreciate how much down force I would lose, then the back end went away from me and I hit the barriers”

The Status GP crew promptly set to work on the car, but having assessed the situation, decided that the car could not be repaired on site to compete in Saturday’s six-hour endurance race.

The Silverstone-based team, which is competing full-time in the European Le Mans Series this year, is now focusing on continuing its preparations for its debut at next month’s Le Mans 24 Hours, which commences with the official Le Mans Test Day on June 3.

The Status GP car had already shown its potential during the first day of practice on its FIA WEC debut. Alexander Sims set the second fastest time among the competitive 18-strong LMP2 class in Free Practice 1.

Status GP team manager Simon Cayzer said: “It’s clearly disappointing for all at Status GP, our drivers, sponsors and technical partners, to not be participating in Saturday’s race here at Spa.

“However, the most important thing is that Alexander is OK, and we pay tribute to Lola for the car’s integrity in the accident.

“We accepted the invitation to compete here as part of our preparations for Le Mans. We have gained some useful data with the 500km of running we completed here at Spa and we are continuing to optimise everything for Le Mans.”