Alexander Sims from Wansford took part in the Macau Formula Three Grand Prix at the weekend and finished 15th.
Driving for ThreeBond with T-Sport - the team with which Sims drove to victory at the F3 Euroseries race at the Nurburgring in August - Sims had a strong qualifying session, posting the seventh fastest lap time of the 30 cars.
Sims continued to be firmly on the pace during Friday morning’s free practice session, setting the eighth fastest time ahead of the second qualifying session of the weekend.
Unfortunately his qualifying session was affected by red flag periods, which meant he was only able to get one clear lap at the start of the session and set the 17th fastest time. With the results of the two qualifying sessions combined, he lined up for the qualifying race in 14th place.
And, despite there being only a handful of overtaking opportunities on this street circuit, he was able to carve his way through the field and after 10 laps of racing crossed the finish line in 10th place. Having set the fourth fastest lap time of the race on his way to 10th position, Sims was hopeful of a strong showing in the main race on Sunday.
Taking to the grid in 10th place, Sims had a difficult start after stalling on the grid. He was now at the back of a 30-car field with it all to play for. Sims immediately set about working his way through the pack and, overtaking on average one car per lap, was up to 15th by the time the chequered flag fell after 15 laps of racing. Despite facing heavy traffic on every lap, Sims was still able to come away with the quickest first sector of the entire race.
“It’s been a weekend of mixed emotions. We came to Macau with a strong package, which we were able to continue to develop and progress over the course of the past four days. It has been a great experience working with ThreeBond with T-Sport and both races proved we had a strong pace,” said Sims.
“Sunday was a bit disappointing as I made a mistake at the start of the race which saw me stall and end up in 30th. However I had an amazing race and made up 15 places in just 15 laps. For me personally it has been my most competitive Macau race to date and I can take away a lot of positives from the weekend. I now head into the winter looking forward to what 2013 will bring.”