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Coughton driver Alexander Sims to return to 24 Hours of Le Mans with Corvette Racing

ALEXANDER Sims says he is "extremely excited" to be competing in the 24 Hours of Le Mans with Corvette Racing later this year.

Alexander Sims. Photo: Lou Johnson
Alexander Sims. Photo: Lou Johnson

The 24 Hours of Le Mans is run at the 13.626km Circuit de la Sarthe in France and is the biggest global endurance race in the motorsport calendar.

Coughton driver Sims' first foray into the prestigious race was in 2012 when he drove a Judd-powered Lola B12/80 for Status GP in the LMP2 class.

The 33-year-old, along with co-drivers Yelmer Burrman and Romain Lannette, completed 239 laps before having to retire the car.

He returned to Circuit de la Sarthe in 2018 driving a BMW M8 GTE for Team MTEK in the LM GTE Pro class.

However, it proved to be a day to forget for Sims after crashing on the Porsche Curves on the Sunday morning, having earlier lost time in the garage after having a damper replaced.

Sims is now hoping for a better result at this year's 24 Hours of Le Mans on Saturday, 21st and Sunday, 22 August with Corvette Racing.

“Now that Corvette Racing has won the Rolex 24, Le Mans is the other big one for the year," he said.

"From my point of view, it gives me a great feeling having done a 24-hour race with the team, seeing the level at which the team operates and how good the Corvette C8.R was through the day, through the night and even in the rainy conditions during the Roar.

"I’m extremely excited about Le Mans. It’s the biggest global endurance race, and to go with there with Corvette Racing and the first time with the C8.R is a huge occasion and a great privilege.

"Having experienced the C8.R at Daytona and seen its strengths, which are many, it should go well around Le Mans.”

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