Alexander Sims takes pole position for the World Karting Championship. Alexander Sims' confidence was given a massive boost when he took pole position for the CIK-FIA World Karting Championship, held at Angerville in France, in what will be...
Alexander Sims takes pole position for the World Karting Championship.
Alexander Sims' confidence was given a massive boost when he took pole position for the CIK-FIA World Karting Championship, held at Angerville in France, in what will be his last kart race before moving onto single-seaters. Watched by millions of Eurosport viewers, the Lincolnshire teenager started eleventh on the grid for the pre-final and said: "There was a bit of a coming-together at the front, some went wide, and I just drove up the inside to take the lead, which was so cool." Despite late race pressure from Frenchman Jules Bianchi he held the place to the flag which converted into pole position for the most prestigious kart race on the planet. Sixty-eight drivers at the top of their game, from fourteen different nations, had qualified to enter the race, with the best thirty-four making it into the finals.
This is the breeding ground for future Formula 1 champions, all aiming to follow in the footsteps of Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso. But it all went wrong in the final for Alexander after a last minute rain-storm meant a hasty change-over to wet weather treaded tyres on his CRG/Maxter racing kart. "Because of live Eurosport television you are only allowed to change the tyres and the officials would not let me put on the wet box," the Ocean Spray and Jewel Date Company sponsored driver explained. The wet box shields the air intake from ingress of water and spray. "On the rolling up lap the airbox was filling up with water and although I tried to clear it the engine would not rev properly, so after a couple of laps I pulled over, it was so disastrous. We were definitely on the pace for a podium at minimum," said the eighteen year old Stamford student.
The 2002 Junior British Champion, who was tipped in the Sunday Times projected 2020 'Rich-List' top twenty as the highest rated British sportsman of the future, with projected earnings of £30M, has had a difficult couple of years since badly breaking his elbow in a skiing accident. "I feel I've put all that business with my arm behind me now," added Sims.