Alexander Sims (racing driver)

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Alexander Sims
Alexander Sims.JPG
Sims in 2009.
Nationality United Kingdom British
Born (1988-03-15) 15 March 1988 (age 29)
London (United Kingdom)
GP3 Series career
Debut season 2011
Current team Carlin
Car no. 9
Former teams Status Grand Prix
Starts 22
Wins 2
Poles 0
Fastest laps 3
Best finish 6th in 2011
Previous series
2014-2015
2012-13, 15
2009-10, 12
2008
2008
2008
200708
2007
2007
200607
British GT
FIA European F3 Championship
Formula 3 Euro Series
Formula BMW Pacific
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0
Formula Renault 2.0 WEC
Formula Renault UK
Formula Renault 2.0 France
Formula Renault 2.0 NEC
FRUK 2.0 Winter Series
Awards
2008 McLaren Autosport Award

Alexander Sims (born 15 March 1988, in London) is a British racing driver. He was the winner of the 2008 McLaren Autosport BRDC Award for promising young British drivers. Sims currently drives a factory BMW M6 at the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. He wears an Ayrton Senna inspired helmet with yellow and a blue and a green stripe.

Career[edit]

Karting[edit]

Sims' kart racing career started in 1998 when he started competing in club competitions. In 2000, Sims had a successful campaign, he won the Super 1 MSA Cadet Championship, the Kartmasters Grand Prix, the 5 Nations Cup and came second in the Champions of The Future British Cadet Championship. Sims latterly added the JICA British Championship, the Monaco Kart Cup, three British Grands Prix and the Formula A World Championship, before moving into single-seaters in 2006.

Formula Renault[edit]

Having started his car racing career in late 2006, Sims scored a second place in his first ever car race in the Formula Renault UK 2.0 Winter Series, before finishing ninth in the championship standings. In 2007, Sims raced in the main series with Manor Competition. He finished eighth overall, after taking one win at Donington Park, and second places at Brands Hatch and Thruxton. He also forayed into the French and Northern European Cup championships during the season and added his first pole position in the category, at Val de Vienne during the French championship. Sims also contested the 2007 UK Winter Series, but failed to finish in three of the four races.

Sims remained with Manor Competition in Formula Renault UK for 2008, and challenged for the championship. Finishing every race, Sims actually scored the most points over the course of the championship, with 473. However, Formula Renault UK employs a points system that means that a driver must drop their two worst scores over the season. Unfortunately for Sims, his worst scores were a pair of ninths worth 24 points, and Adam Christodoulou, his main championship rival dropped two retirements. Thus, a 24-point swing resulted in Christodoulou turning a one-point deficit into a 23-point championship win. He also contested the final round of the Formula BMW Pacific in Macau, finishing sixth with fastest lap. In December 2008, Sims won the McLaren Autosport BRDC Award.

Formula Three[edit]

Sims competing at the second round of the 2010 Formula 3 Euro Series at Hockenheim.

At the 2008 Autosport Awards ceremony, Sims announced his plans to race with German team Mücke Motorsport in the Formula 3 Euro Series.[1] In a season dominated by Jules Bianchi, Sims took fourth place in the championship, with a win at the Nürburgring and four second places. He also took part in two rounds of the International Formula Master series, with two fourth places at the Hungaroring being his best results. For 2010, Sims will move to ART Grand Prix.[2]

Formula E[edit]

In May 2017, Sims was present at the Monaco ePrix as a stand-by option for Robin Frijns.[3] Later that month, he was announced as a development driver for MS Amlin Andretti for the 2017-18 season.[4]

Sports car racing[edit]

In 2012, Sims drove a Lola-Judd LMP2 for Status Grand Prix at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and two rounds of the European Le Mans Series.

He joined Hexis Racing in 2013 to compete at the Blancpain Endurance Series with a McLaren MP4-12C, partnering with Álvaro Parente and Stef Dusseldorp.

In 2014 and 2015, Sims raced at the British GT Championship for Ecurie Ecosse with a BMW Z4.

The Brit competed at the 2016 Blancpain GT Series for Rowe Racing with a BMW M6, winning the 24 Hours of Spa.

In 2017 he competes at the GT Le Mans class of the IMSA SportsCar Championship with a factory BMW M6.

Racing record[edit]

Career summary[edit]

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles F/Laps Podiums Points Position
2006 Formula Renault UK Winter Cup Manor Competition 4 0 0 1 1 52 9th
2007 Formula Renault UK Manor Competition 20 1 0 1 3 272 8th
Formula Renault 2.0 NEC 2 0 0 0 0 16 37th
Formula Renault UK Winter Cup 4 0 0 0 0 20 19th
French Formula Renault 2.0 5 0 1 0 0 19 15th
Pole Services 4 0 0 0 0
2008 Formula Renault UK Manor Competition 20 2 1 3 12 449 2nd
Formula Renault 2.0 WEC 2 0 0 0 0 0 NC
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 SG Formula 2 0 0 0 0 7 19th
Formula BMW Pacific Team Meritus 1 0 0 1 0 0 NC†
2009 Formula 3 Euro Series Mücke Motorsport 20 1 1 2 5 54 4th
Masters of Formula 3 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 5th
International Formula Master T.S.P. 4 0 0 0 0 0 NC†
Macau Grand Prix City of Dreams/Räikkönen Robertson 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 18th
2010 Formula 3 Euro Series ART Grand Prix 18 1 0 0 5 63 4th
British Formula 3 Championship 6 1 0 1 2 N/A NC†
Masters of Formula 3 1 0 1 0 1 N/A 2nd
Auto GP Charouz-Gravity Racing 4 0 0 0 0 0 25th
Macau Grand Prix Räikkönen Robertson Racing 1 0 0 0 0 N/A NC
2011 GP3 Series Status Grand Prix 16 1 0 2 5 34 6th
British Formula 3 Championship Motopark 3 1 0 0 1 17 18th
Macau Grand Prix TOM'S 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 18th
2012 European Le Mans Series Status Grand Prix 2 0 0 0 1 15 10th
24 Hours of Le Mans 1 0 0 0 0 N/A NC
Formula 3 Euro Series ThreeBond with T-Sport 3 1 0 2 1 N/A NC†
FIA European Formula 3 Championship 2 0 0 0 0 N/A NC†
Macau Grand Prix 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 15th
2013 FIA European Formula 3 Championship ThreeBond with T-Sport 12 0 0 1 5 112 10th
Macau Grand Prix 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 4th
GP3 Series Status Grand Prix 2 0 0 0 1 77 8th
Carlin 6 1 0 1 2
Blancpain Endurance Series Hexis Racing 5 0 0 0 1 24 15th
FIA GT Series Boutsen Ginion Racing 1 0 0 0 0 0 NC†
2014 British GT Championship Ecurie Ecosse powered by Black Bull 8 2 3 4 4 129.5 3rd
Blancpain Endurance Series Triple 888 Racing 1 0 0 0 0 9 22nd
Blancpain Endurance Series - Pro-Am Ecurie Ecosse 1 0 0 0 1 0 NC†
2015 British GT Championship Ecurie Ecosse powered by Black Bull 9 2 2 0 4 143.5 2nd
Blancpain Endurance Series - Pro-Am Ecurie Ecosse 1 0 0 0 0 22 16th
FIA European Formula 3 Championship HitechGP 6 0 0 1 0 0 NC†
Macau Grand Prix Double R Racing 1 0 0 0 1 N/A 3rd
2016 Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup Rowe Racing 10 0 0 0 2 23 11th
Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup 5 1 0 0 1 56 4th
British GT Championship Barwell Motorsport 5 0 0 1 0 23 14th
FIA European Formula 3 Championship HitechGP 3 0 0 0 0 0 NC†
Macau Grand Prix Double R Racing 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 10th
2017 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship - GTLM BMW Team RLL 9 2 0 1 3 258 2nd*
24 Hours of Daytona - GTLM 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 8th
Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup Rowe Racing 3 0 0 0 0 6 23rd*
2017-18 Formula E MS Amlin Andretti Development driver

As Sims was a guest driver, he was ineligible for points.
* Season still in progress.

Complete Formula 3 Euro Series results[edit]

(key)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 DC Points
2009 Mücke Motorsport Dallara F308/005 Mercedes HOC
1

17
HOC
2

8
LAU
1

Ret
LAU
2

22
NOR
1

2
NOR
2

16
ZAN
1

13
ZAN
2

9
OSC
1

5
OSC
2

4
NÜR
1

7
NÜR
2

1
BRH
1

4
BRH
2

2
CAT
1

2
CAT
2

2
DIJ
1

8
DIJ
2

4
HOC
1

6
HOC
2

14†
4th 54
2010 ART Grand Prix Dallara F308/048 Mercedes LEC
1

3
LEC
2

1
HOC
1

Ret
HOC
2

8
VAL
1

3
VAL
2

5
NOR
1

4
NOR
2

4
NÜR
1

4
NÜR
2

3
ZAN
1

4
ZAN
2

5
BRH
1

5
BRH
2

8
OSC
1

2
OSC
2

8
HOC
1

4
HOC
2

5
4th 63
2012 ThreeBond with T-Sport Dallara F312/008 ThreeBond Nissan HOC
1
HOC
2
HOC
3
BRH
1
BRH
2
BRH
3
RBR
1
RBR
2
RBR
3
NOR
1
NOR
2
NOR
3
NÜR
1

8
NÜR
2

1
NÜR
3

12
ZAN
1
ZAN
2
ZAN
3
VAL
1
VAL
2
VAL
3
HOC
1
HOC
2
HOC
3
NC‡ 0‡

Driver did not finish the race, but was classified as he completed over 90% of the race distance.
As Sims was a guest driver, he was ineligible for championship points.

Complete Auto GP results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Pos Points
2010 Charouz-Gravity Racing BRN
1
BRN
2
IMO
1
IMO
2
SPA
1
SPA
2
MAG
1
MAG
2
NAV
1

11
NAV
2

Ret
MNZ
1

9
MNZ
2

15
25th 0

Complete GP3 Series results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 DC Points
2011 Status Grand Prix IST
FEA

8
IST
SPR

1
CAT
FEA

Ret
CAT
SPR

Ret
VAL
FEA

6
VAL
SPR

2
SIL
FEA

2
SIL
SPR

3
NÜR
FEA

12
NÜR
SPR

2
HUN
FEA

DSQ
HUN
SPR

9
SPA
FEA

Ret
SPA
SPR

Ret
MNZ
FEA

21†
MNZ
SPR

Ret
6th 34
2013 Status Grand Prix CAT
FEA
CAT
SPR
VAL
FEA
VAL
SPR
SIL
FEA
SIL
SPR
NÜR
FEA

8
NÜR
SPR

2
HUN
FEA

HUN
SPR

8th 77
Carlin SPA
FEA

5
SPA
SPR

1
MNZ
FEA

5
MNZ
SPR

6
YMC
FEA

2
YMC
SPR

7

Complete FIA European Formula 3 Championship results[edit]

(key)

Year Entrant Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 DC Points
2012 ThreeBond with T-Sport ThreeBond Nissan HOC
1
HOC
2
PAU
1
PAU
2
BRH
1
BRH
2
RBR
1
RBR
2
NOR
1
NOR
2
SPA
1
SPA
2
NÜR
1

8
NÜR
2

12
ZAN
1
ZAN
2
VAL
1
VAL
2
HOC
1
HOC
2
NC‡ 0‡
2013 ThreeBond with T-Sport ThreeBond Nissan MNZ
1
MNZ
2
MNZ
3
SIL
1
SIL
2
SIL
3
HOC
1
HOC
2
HOC
3
BRH
1
BRH
2
BRH
3
RBR
1
RBR
2
RBR
3
NOR
1

14
NOR
2

4
NOR
3

5
NÜR
1

2
NÜR
2

3
NÜR
3

Ret
ZAN
1

Ret
ZAN
2

10
ZAN
3

9
VAL
1

2
VAL
2

2
VAL
3

3
HOC
1
HOC
2
HOC
3
10th 112
2015 HitechGP Mercedes SIL
1
SIL
2
SIL
3
HOC
1
HOC
2
HOC
3
PAU
1
PAU
2
PAU
3
MNZ
1
MNZ
2
MNZ
3
SPA
1
SPA
2
SPA
3
NOR
1
NOR
2
NOR
3
RBR
1
RBR
2
RBR
3
ZAN
1
ZAN
2
ZAN
3
ALG
1

25
ALG
2

15
ALG
3

13
NÜR
1
NÜR
2
NÜR
3
HOC
1

5
HOC
2

DSQ
HOC
3

4
NC‡ 0‡
2016 HitechGP Mercedes LEC
1
LEC
2
LEC
3
HUN
1
HUN
2
HUN
3
PAU
1
PAU
2
PAU
3
RBR
1
RBR
2
RBR
3
NOR
1
NOR
2
NOR
3
ZAN
1
ZAN
2
ZAN
3
SPA
1
SPA
2
SPA
3
NÜR
1
NÜR
2
NÜR
3
IMO
1
IMO
2
IMO
3
HOC
1

9
HOC
2

11
HOC
3

5
NC‡ 0‡

As Sims was a guest driver, he was ineligible for championship points.

24 Hours of Le Mans Results[edit]

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2012 Republic of Ireland Status Grand Prix Netherlands Yelmer Buurman
France Romain Iannetta
Lola B12/80-Judd LMP2 239 DNF DNF

Complete British GT Championship results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Car Class 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 DC Points
2014 Ecurie Ecosse
powered by Black Bull
BMW Z4 GT3 GT3 OUL
1

Ret
OUL
2

1
ROC
1

2
SIL
1

3
SNE
1
SNE
2
SPA
1

4
SPA
2

1
BRH
1

4
DON
1

Ret
3rd 129.5
2015 Ecurie Ecosse
powered by Black Bull
BMW Z4 GT3 GT3 OUL
1

6
OUL
2

3
ROC
1

1
SIL
1

3
SPA
1

4
BRH
1

1
SNE
1

8
SNE
2

10
DON
1

Ret
2nd 143.5
2016 Barwell Motorsport Lamborghini Huracán GT3 GT3 BRH
1
ROC
1
OUL
1
OUL
2
SIL
1

Ret
SPA
1

8
SNE
1

9
SNE
2

Ret
DON
1

5
14th 23

Complete Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup results[edit]

Year Team Car Class 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Pos. Points
2016 Rowe Racing BMW M6 GT3 Pro MIS
QR

2
MIS
CR

3
BRH
QR

Ret
BRH
CR

16
NÜR
QR

7
NÜR
CR

9
HUN
QR

21
HUN
CR

13
CAT
QR

8
CAT
CR

24
11th 23

Complete WeatherTech SportsCar Championship results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Car Class 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Rank Points
2017 BMW Team RLL BMW M6 GTLM GTLM DAY
8
SEB
6
LBH
4
COA
2
WGL
1
MOS
1
LIM
6
ELK
6
VIR
4
LGA
PET
2nd* 258*

* Season still in progress.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Anderson, Ben (2008-12-08). "Sims to graduate to Euro Series". autosport.com. Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 2010-01-02. 
  2. ^ Freeman, Glenn (ed.) (2009-12-10). "Pit & Paddock: Sims targets glory with ART". Autosport. Haymarket Publications. 198 (11): 22. 
  3. ^ "Sims on standby for Frijns at Monaco". May 8, 2017. Retrieved May 9, 2017. 
  4. ^ Mitchell, Scott (May 23, 2017). "Alexander Sims set for Andretti Formula E 2017/18 development role". Autosport. Retrieved May 23, 2017. 

External links[edit]

Awards
Preceded by
Stefan Wilson
McLaren Autosport BRDC Award
2008
Succeeded by
Dean Smith