Sims dominates second Silverstone race
9 October 2011 – British driver Alexander Sims claimed victory on his return to Formula 3 racing at Silverstone this morning, leading home Fortec’s Lucas Foresti during a damp race. Having started from second, Sims initially slipped back, but an impressive turn of pace and a sensational move for the lead earned him the top step of the podium.
Foresti was the fastest starter when the lights went out on another cold day in Northamptonshire, bolting away after deciding to switch to wet tyres late on. The rest of the field remained split, with Carlos Huertas the leading slick runner, promptly slipping down the order. Sims was initially out of contention, but the Motopark man soon pulled himself back into the running with a succession of fast laps.
After numerous attempts to take control at the head of the field, Sims made his move for the top spot stick on Lap 2, pulling alongside Foresti and putting two wheels on the grass on the run up to Brooklands. From this point onwards he was untouchable, consistently lapping over a second quicker than his rivals. Foresti then settled for second, with pole-sitter Fantin having to make do with the final rostrum spot.
Menasheh Idafar converted a quick start into an equally strong result, with Pipo Derani another early mover en route to fifth. Jack Harvey, who completed some brilliant moves early on to climb up the order, just held off Carlin team-mate Felipe Nasr at the finish, while Kevin Magnussen, Huertas and Yann Cunha rounded out the top ten.
- Post-race feelings from winner Alexander Sims
Race 3 begins at 4.10pm local time (BST)