Sims seals commanding second race win
25 August 2013 – Alexander Sims took a dominant victory in the second GP3 race of the Belgian Grand Prix weekend at Spa-Francorchamps on Sunday, the stand-in Carlin driver conducting a superlative drive to finish over eight seconds ahead of ART's Conor Daly.
Melville McKee was the main player in a start laced with drama. The Bamboo man made a poor getaway from second on the grid, and locked up into La Source whilst attempting to minimise the damage with a late move on pole-sitter Tio Ellinas. The resulting collision was enough to put the Marussia driver out of the race, with McKee later receiving a drive-through penalty from the race stewards for his troubles.
Sims was the man to capitalise after pulling away well from fourth, the Briton already holding a lead of roughly eight car-lengths as the field filed through Eau Rouge for the first time. The gap was up to two seconds by the end of Lap 1, and a pace advantage of around a second per lap saw him streak away to claim a resounding win.
Facu Regalia completed the podium behind ART team-mate Daly, with Nick Yelloly edging out Kevin Korjus to secure fourth. Race 1 winner Daniil Kvyat took sixth, while Dino Zamparelli and Robert Visoiu were the last of the points finishers.
Having claimed a pair of podium finishes, Regalia now leads the title race on 115 points, 14 clear of Daly. Ellinas has slipped to third, a further six points adrift.
The GP3 field will be back in action at Monza on the weekend of September 6-8