Sims relishes the prospect of Spa

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WANSFORD racing driver Alexander Sims will compete in the second round of the FIA World Endurance Championship in Spa this weekend.

Driving for Status GP, the highly rated driver has made a successful switch to sports cars and will be racing in the LMP2 category alongside teammates Yelmer Buurman and Romain Iannetta.

This will be Sims’ second LMP2 race of the year. Last month he recorded an impressive third place finish at the opening round of the European Le Mans Series at Paul Ricard in his debut LMP2 race.

Sims will drive the same Status GP Judd-powered Lola B12/80 Coupe LMP2 car in Spa, before returning to the UK for the next round of the European Le Mans Series at Donington Park on July 15.

Sims said: “I am excited to be competing in my first World Endurance Championship race, especially with it being at Spa.”

The former Stamford Schoolboy added: “Having raced at Spa a number of times before in Formula Renault, F3 and GP3 the one thing I am confident of is that it will probably rain at some point.

“It is a superb circuit to drive and this will be the fastest car I have driven there.

“I am looking forward to the iconic Eau Rouge and Blanchimont corners in the wet as they will be a real challenge.”

The race is live on Motors TV on Saturday afternoon.

l CASTLE Bytham’s LOUISE Richardson picked up her maiden victory at Thruxton on Saturday.

Her win was one of three in the G50 class Michelin Ginetta GT Supercup for Richardson Racing.

In poor weather conditions, Mark Davies, from Huddersfield and who races for the same team, secured two victories to extend his championship lead while Louise stormed to victory in the final race of the weekend.

Her brother Andrew was raced a more challenging G55 class outing but still came away from the weekend having scored in all three races.

Louise’s place on the grid was only secured late on Friday but she was on the pace from the outset to take second on the grid among the G50s, despite the fact she was driving the car for the first time in the wet and also returning to Thruxton for the first time since being caught up in a huge start-line accident in the corresponding meeting last year.

Louise battled back to third in class and 11th overall in race one, while race two saw her move up to second in class.

However it was race three where she would really shine and Louise climbed as high as fourth overall and set the fourth best lap of the race in the process.

She said: “I hoped it would go well this weekend, but I didn’t expect that much. To get three podiums, including my first win is just brilliant.

“Hopefully my victory will help find the sponsors we need for Oulton Park, Croft and the rest of the season.”

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