ALEXANDER SIMS LOOKS AHEAD TO RACING IN THE 24 HOURS OF LE MANS
British racing driver Alexander Sims will this weekend take part in the most famous and iconic race in the world; the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Racing for Status Grand Prix, Alexander will be competing in the ultra-competitive LMP2 class alongside teammates Yelmer Buurman and Romain Iannetta. The 80th running of this world-renowned race will be Alexander’s first outing and the young Brit will be looking to build on the success of the test day held at the beginning of the month.
During the Le Mans test day Alexander set Status Grand Prix’ fastest time of the day to finish 12th in the LMP2 class with a lap of 3m44.110s. The team collectively completed 52 laps of the circuit (more than 700 kilometres) and, as well assuccessfully qualifying all three drivers to participate in the race, were able to begin work on their race weekend strategy.
“It is great to be in Le Mans getting everything ready for Saturday’s race. The atmosphere has been building and building since we arrived last Saturday and it is clear that it’s going to be a very special experience racing here. It was amazing to see how many people turned up for the scrutineering on Monday. If that crowd size is anything to go by it is going to be spectacular for the race itself;” commented Alexander Sims.
“This is my first time racing at Le Mans and I’m really looking forward to getting out on track. It is going to be a very challenging race. It will be the first time I have raced at night but we have a lot of running to do between now and the weekend which will give me the chance to learn the track and experience running a car at night;” continued Alexander Sims.
“My teammates and I are working well together. It is a new experience working in a team where you are all pulling together to help each other go faster but that iswhat makes this type of racing special. We had a solid test day where our focus was to complete a good number of laps and get everyone comfortable with the car. We’re confident that our pace will be even more competitive in qualifying so now it’s a case of getting a decent qualifying position and having a clean and solid race;” continued Alexander Sims.
Qualifying for the Le Mans 24 Hours takes place on Wednesday 13th and Thursday 14th June, with the race starting on the afternoon of Saturday 16th June. There will be live television coverage on Eurosport and commentary via Radio Le Mans (www.radiolemans.com).