Sims wins Henry Surtees Memorial Trophy

Alexander Sims receives the Henry Surtees Memorial Trophy from motorsport legend John Surtess. Photo supplied
Alexander Sims receives the Henry Surtees Memorial Trophy from motorsport legend John Surtess. Photo supplied
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WANSFORD-based racing driver Alexander Sims claimed victory during last month’s Henry Surtees Memorial Trophy - a charity karting event which took part at Buckmore Park near London.

The Henry Surtees Trophy is an annual event open to drivers from all motorsport classes that was established by Henry’s father, 500cc motorcycle and Formula One World Champion, John Surtees.

Sims, a former Stamford schoolboy, qualified in 10th for the first final of the day. Avoiding a number of crashes on the opening lap, Sims then carved his way through the field to finish the race third.

For main final, Sims started where he had finished the previous race (third) and the Team UK graduate made a lightning start to take the lead by turn two of the first lap.

Battling hard with second and third placed drivers Chamberlain and Christodoulou, Sims briefly dropped back to third but was able to dive past the two drivers on the penultimate lap and held the lead all the way to the flag.

Sims’ prize included an invitation by Mercedes GP team to spend the day at their Formula 1 headquarters where Sims will meet with team principal Ross Brawn and have the opportunity to use their state of the art F1 simulator.

“Henry was my team-mate in Formula Renault, so we worked together closely,” said Sims. “When I heard John Surtees was organising this event I was very keen to do it.

“The event really lived up to what he promised; it was a fun day with some awesome prizes; as well a great way to remember Henry and raise money for the Henry Surtees Foundation.”

The event raised almost £19,000 for the Henry Surtees Foundation, a brain and physical injury charity that was set up following the sad death of promising young racer Henry Surtees in 2009.

Looking to the future Sims said: “The next race for me will be the Formula 3 race in Macau which I will be competing in with one of the top teams; TOMs from Japan.

“It is one of the truly great races in the world and I am really looking forward to it. Coming off the back of winning the British F3 race at Silverstone last month I will head there confident that we can deliver a strong result.”