SIMS WINS SPA 24 IN BMW M6 GT3

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Alexan­der Sims claimed vic­tory in the Spa 24 Hours last week­end in the Rowe Rac­ing BMW M6 GT3 he shared with Philipp Eng and Maxime Martin.

The trio en­joyed a topsy-turvy race as they re­cov­ered from fall­ing as low as 30th to take the win in a con­test that fea­tured 15 full course yel­lows, three safety cars and two periods of rain.

The BMW crew were able to work their way to the front by mid-dis­tance and came out on top of a bat­tle with the Bent­ley Con­ti­nen­tal GT3S to tri­umph. The Mercedes-amg GT3 of Tris­tan Vau­tier, Felix Rosen­qvist and Renger van der Zande over­came a five-minute stop-go penalty for run­ning il­le­gal ig­ni­tion map­ping in qual­i­fy­ing to take sec­ond, al­most two min­utes be­hind the BMW.

“Hon­estly, I still can’t be­lieve it,” said Sims. “The last stint in par­tic­u­lar was very emo­tional, and I tried to fo­cus on end­ing the race safely. My team helped me a lot with that via ra­dio, keep­ing me in­formed.

“The 24 Hours of Spa has been a very spe­cial race to me since the start of my ca­reer in mo­tor­sport, and I never ex­pected to win it af­ter just four years of GT rac­ing.

“I think that ev­ery­one at Rowe Rac­ing and BMW Mo­tor­sport did a fan­tas­tic job with the BMW M6 GT3. What an in­cred­i­ble start; the first sea­son for the car and the first vic­tory at the 24 Hours of Spa. My thanks go to Philipp and Maxime too. They were fan­tas­tic from start to fin­ish.”

Sims was de­lighted with 24 Hours vic­tory Sims, Eng and Martin won Bel­gian en­duro

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