Sims second on return

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Wansford’s Alexander Sims made an impressive return to racing in the GP3 Series, securing a second place finish at the Nurburgring last weekend.

Status Grand Prix had asked Sims to contest the latest round of the GP3 Series in place of regular driver Adderly Fong who was busy with an Audi R8 LMS Cup commitment in China.

It was the first time since 2011 that Sims had raced in the series which supports the Formula One World Championship but he was immediately on the pace in practice, posting the quickest time of the session.

On Sunday, Sims lined up in pole position but had a difficult start and dropped to third.

On lap 10 he moved up to second with a brilliant move on turn three.

Sims narrowed the gap on race leader McKee and by the time the chequered flag fell after 15 laps was just 0.3 seconds behind in second.

Sims said: “The start didn’t go to plan but after that the race was very good. The pace of the car was excellent and everything was spot-on.

“I reckon there’s a good chance that I could have passed Melville if the race had been a couple of laps longer.”