Coughton driver Alexander Sims frustrated by electrical fault at 12 Hours of Sebring
ALEXANDER Sims had a day to forget at Saturday’s 12 Hours of Sebring, as an electrical issue scuppered any chances of Corvette Racing challenging for a podium in the second round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
The No.4 Corvette C8.R team of Coughton driver Sims, Nick Tandy and Tommy Milner began the race second in the GT Le Mans (GTLM) class. However, the car then developed an electrical issue from the outset that hampered its performance.
Sims, Tandy and Milner – who had finished second at the Rolex 24 at Daytona in January – had to settle for fifth in class at Sebring.
On the opposite side of the garage, the No.3 C8.R team of Antonio Garcia, Jordan Taylor and Nicky Catsburg placed fourth in the GTLM class category after leading much of the race.
Garcia began on the class pole position, and the trio controlled from the outset and led 211 of 334 laps.
After winning the season-opener at Daytona, the No.3 Corvette team appeared on its way to a Florida sweep before Garcia was spun from the lead with less than ten minutes remaining.
The front-left of the car was damaged, and Garcia had to pit with a flat tire. The damage was too great, and the No.3 Corvette missed the podium.
The outcome spoiled a weekend in which Corvette Racing and Chevrolet celebrated a 25-year technology partnership with Mobil 1.
“It was a tough day for everyone on the whole team. Certainly on the No.4 car, it was a long day,” said Sims. “It was quite clear very quickly that we were going to be up against it to get anything from the race.
“We went into it seeing what we could salvage, and in the end we couldn’t salvage much.
“From a personal point of view, it was good to get more miles in the Corvette. I found a decent amount of performance in myself between the first and second stint in the car.
“It was helpful to keep gaining miles. In practices, you only get ten or 12 laps before the race starts, and that’s just not enough to get back into it. That’s the biggest positive from my side.”
Corvette Racing’s next event is the Six Hours of Spa in the FIA World Endurance Championship on May 1st. Before then, Sims turns his attentions back to the FIA Formula E World Championship’s next round in Rome, Italy, on 10th April.