SIMS SHINES FOR MANOR DURING ALBACETE TEST Formula Renault UK sensation Alexander Sims has been hailed as a genuine challenger for podiums and almost certainly race victories during the 2007 championship after an outstanding performance during...
SIMS SHINES FOR MANOR DURING ALBACETE TEST
Formula Renault UK sensation Alexander Sims has been hailed as a genuine challenger for podiums and almost certainly race victories during the 2007 championship after an outstanding performance during winter testing at Albacete in Spain last week.
The 18-year-old Peterborough-based star joined Manor, the squad with which he made his category debut during November's four-round Winter Championship, for three and a half days of intensive running and both driver and team returned from the Spanish venue delighted with the progress made.
"Every session went really well", reflected Alexander, "I truly started to feel at home with the Renault at Albacete. If the car moved around at any point I was completely happy with it and could control it without thinking. The feeling I am getting now in the car is how comfortable I felt in karts so that's really good news.
"We ran on several new sets of tyres, throughout the test I started driving harder on those and getting more time out of the fresh rubber. The team was excellent, I'm very pleased with how things went and we continued to work very well together. I have no complaints whatsoever and I think we're very close to agreeing a deal for next season."
Backed by Ocean Spray, J.O Sims and Clink Street Properties, Alexander stunned the Formula Renault UK paddock with his rapid performances during the winter series, taking a superb maiden podium during only his third ever car race and also posting the fastest lap en route to second position.
Although clearly a remarkable talent during his eight-year karting tenure, which brought title success in the BRDC Champions of the Future, British Formula JICA and the prestigious CIK/FIA Monaco Kart Cup, Alexander's speed and natural ability in cars mark him out as an incredible prospect and a future champion in single-seater racing.
Commenting on the Albacete test, Manor's Tony Shaw said: "Our time in Spain was very productive, Alexander had plenty of experience on new tyres and he performed very well indeed. His pace was more than comparable with some of the other series front-runners who were testing so we're absolutely delighted with the progress he is making."
Alexander is expected to officially confirm his plans for 2007 within the next few weeks.