UK: Alexander Sims Croft preview

Cambridgeshire based Formula Renault UK sensation Alexander Sims sees this weekend's ninth and 10th rounds of the season at Croft in North Yorkshire as his best chance yet of stepping on to the top step of the podium for the first time in ...

Cambridgeshire based Formula Renault UK sensation Alexander Sims sees this weekend's ninth and 10th rounds of the season at Croft in North Yorkshire as his best chance yet of stepping on to the top step of the podium for the first time in 2008.

The 20-year-old, who lives in Wansford near Peterborough, is fourth in the championship standings heading into the Croft weekend with three podiums to his credit. Although he's still very much in the title hunt, Alexander wants to hit a better run of consistency in his Manor Competition car and aims to start the upturn with a double podium finish at Croft.

Taking place this weekend 31st May/1st June, the fifth race meeting of the campaign marks the halfway point of the championship -- a pivotal time for each competitor with the 11th and 12th rounds of the season following on just seven days later at Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit as support to the British round of the World Series by Renault.

"I'm very much looking forward to Croft, I feel it's coming at the right time in the season for us", said Alexander, "It's a circuit I enjoy driving at and somewhere we've enjoyed good performances in the past. At a time when we really need to kick-start our campaign I think Croft is a circuit where we can go well this weekend."

Having enjoyed great success at Croft during the 2006 Formula Renault UK Winter Championship, where he achieved his first ever podium in cars during only his third ever race, Alexander also claimed a solid top five finish during the main 2007 campaign.

More recently, during official pre-season testing at the North Yorkshire track in April, Alexander was fastest overall on day one and went on to produce the quickest time in the third of the four sessions run on the second day.

"I'm confident we should be further up the order at Croft than we have been recently, our true pace should show and I genuinely believe we'll be in good shape to challenge for the podium in both races", added the Motor Sports Association (MSA) British Race Elite member, "It's as strong a circuit as any for us, hopefully there will be a lot to celebrate."

Free practice ahead of the ninth and 10th rounds of the 2008 Formula Renault UK season will take place on Friday, 30th May, with qualifying to follow on Saturday, 31st May, at 14.15 and 17.40.

Both races will take place on Sunday, 1st June, with round nine -- which is expected to be screened live on Freeview, digital satellite and cable channel ITV4 -- getting underway at around 13.15 and round 10 commencing at approximately 17.55.

-credit: alexandersims.com

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