DOMINANT SIMS LEADS THE WAY DURING FINAL DAY AT BRANDS Cambridgeshire motor racing star Alexander Sims produced a faultless performance at Brands Hatch Indy Circuit this morning during the second of two days of official Formula Renault UK...
DOMINANT SIMS LEADS THE WAY DURING FINAL DAY AT BRANDS
Cambridgeshire motor racing star Alexander Sims produced a faultless performance at Brands Hatch Indy Circuit this morning during the second of two days of official Formula Renault UK testing at the Kent venue, the 19-year-old heading the times in superb style.
Having dominated for the duration of the four-hour session, Alexander posted an unbeaten lap of 43.709 seconds (98.72mph) -- almost two 10ths of a second faster than the quickest time set at the circuit yesterday -- before electing to conclude his day's running at the cessation of the morning test.
Rather than waste valuable tyre allocation during this afternoon's final three hours, and in view of his un-challenged performance this morning, the Manor Competition ace took the wise decision to sit-out today's second session and instead focus on the next official test which takes place at Snetterton in Norfolk.
The choice proved to be absolutely spot-on with nobody else able to better Alexander's time during the afternoon. This, of course, means he not only concludes this week's official test as the quickest driver but he has now been fastest overall during both of the Renault Sport UK sanctioned pre-season runs held so far.
Alexander, who lives in Wansford near Peterborough, commented: "We were very quick straight away this morning. We did a few laps and were quickest by about 0.15 seconds and the team and I agreed if we were going to put on a new set of rubber we'd only use two new tyres, we wouldn't run a full set.
"After putting those on the car we managed the 43.709 second lap and nobody else was able to go faster, even though our closest challengers all used a full set of new tyres. We were very strong again today and we're in a very good position at the moment."
Although there was the opportunity for some of Alexander's championship rivals to potentially lap quicker this afternoon with the use of new tyres, the Manor driver felt there was nothing further to be gained from emerging back out on track for session two.
"There was no need for us to do anything further today", added Alexander, "It was more important to save tyres instead of pushing to go quicker this afternoon, there's absolutely nothing to be gained from doing that. In the end we were quickest anyway.
"We've done all the testing we needed to do at Brands. That's not being at all arrogant or over-confident but when we come back to race at the circuit at the end of the month the track conditions will be different. We wouldn't learn anything more by pounding around this afternoon. The car feels very good, the team is working well and I'm very pleased."
Alexander will be back on track at Snetterton Circuit in Norfolk next Tuesday, 11th March, and Wednesday, 12th March, for the third official pre-season Formula Renault UK test.