SIMS MA­CAU BID STARTS IN F3 CUP

Brit will race at Snet­ter­ton to qual­ify for Ma­cau Grand Prix

Motor Sport News - - Racing News - By Rob Lad­brook

Alexan­der Sims will re­turn to sin­gle­seater com­pe­ti­tion in the fi­nal round of the F3 Cup Cham­pi­onship in or­der to qual­ify him for the Ma­cau F3 Grand Prix.

Sims is sched­uled to en­ter the triple­header event at Snet­ter­ton on Oc­to­ber 8/9 with Dou­ble R Rac­ing, with which he is also sched­uled to make his eighth race start at Ma­cau, and his seventh in the top-level F3 con­test. Sims also raced For­mula BMW at the fa­mous street track.

Sims was on the verge of a last-minute deal to take part in the BRDC Bri­tish For­mula 3 Cham­pi­onship fi­nale at Don­ing­ton Park last week­end with Dou­ble R, but that fell through, leav­ing F3 Cup as his next op­tion. Ma­cau rules man­date a driver must have raced in a recog­nised F3 class dur­ing the cal­en­dar year to be el­i­gi­ble for the race.

“The plan is to do F3 Cup and have some fun, and in do­ing so make my­self el­i­gi­ble for Ma­cau,” said fac­tory BMW GT driver Sims. “I like go­ing back to sin­gle-seaters every now and then as it’s a dif­fer­ent chal­lenge and Ma­cau is such a spe­cial race.

“I’ve got­ten bet­ter every year, and was fourth twice and then third over­all last year, so I can at least claim a podium fin­ish there on my CV. I’d love to get the win there as it’s one of the top prizes in world mo­tor­sport. But the level of com­pe­ti­tion is very tough.”

Sims took third at Ma­cau in 2015 with Dou­ble R

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