SIMS PROVES FRONT-RUNNING CREDENTIALS AT BRANDS TEST Peterborough-based motor racing star Alexander Sims enjoyed one of his most promising test sessions of the year at Brands Hatch Indy Circuit today, the 19-year-old Formula Renault UK driver ...
SIMS PROVES FRONT-RUNNING CREDENTIALS AT BRANDS TEST
Peterborough-based motor racing star Alexander Sims enjoyed one of his most promising test sessions of the year at Brands Hatch Indy Circuit today, the 19-year-old Formula Renault UK driver ending the day fourth fastest overall on combined times.
In something of a return to form for the Manor Competition ace, the multiple karting champion showed consistently rapid pace throughout the morning and afternoon test runs to end the day with a best lap of 44.855 seconds (96.19mph).
Placing him fourth fastest during the morning, just a 10th of a second shy of the quickest lap of all and a mere five 100ths of a second away from the top three, Alexander went on to set the fifth best lap during the slower afternoon test with a time of 45.396 seconds (95.05mph) -- the second session affected by sporadic rainfall.
"We did a pretty good job today, most of the time during the test we were between P1 and P3 so I'm really pleased with that", said a delighted Alexander following the day's action at the 1.2-mile Kent venue.
"Throughout the day we did a lot of good set-up work and definitely made progress. It was a very productive test, very enjoyable, and I can only see things getting better as the second half of the season gets underway the weekend after next.
"The more track time we get with tests like this, the stronger I will be and I'm confident we can take what we learned today forward to ensure we're in the fight for podiums for the rest of the year."
One of just six drivers to lap under the 45-second barrier, Alexander was also the second fastest of those eligible to score points in the 'Graduate Cup' battle so the former Stamford School pupil is taking a great deal of confidence from such a positive showing.
Manor ace hopeful of strong run on French return this weekend With just under a fortnight to go until the 11th and 12th rounds of the Formula Renault UK season at Donington Park National Circuit in Leicestershire on 14th/15th July, Alexander will still be in action this weekend albeit in France for the seventh and eighth rounds of the domestic Formula Renault Championship at the Val de Vienne Circuit.
Having already competed in two French Formula Renault race meetings this year at Ledenon and Dijon, taking a best result of fifth place on his debut, the Cambridgeshire driver has high hopes for his return to Europe although this time it will be with his regular Manor Competition squad rather than the Pole Services outfit he ran with previously.
Alexander, who is sponsored by Spalding-based J.O Sims, Ocean Spray, Northern Fruit Company and Stemilt Growers, commented: "The weekend should be good fun. We're not quite sure what to expect, it's a new track to us, but it will be a fantastic learning experience and I'm hopeful we'll achieve some good results.
"It will be very tough as we only have an hour of testing before the first qualifying session but we're looking forward to it. I'm very thankful to Manor for wanting to take part in the race, they're travelling straight from Brands Hatch this evening over to France to prepare in time for the weekend. It'll be hard work but we're all feeling very positive."
Testing for rounds seven and eight of the French Formula Renault Championship will take place on Friday, 6th July, at Val de Vienne ahead of the race meeting itself on Saturday, 7th July, and Sunday, 8th July.