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One of Britain’s top single-seater talents, Alexander Sims, is to make his return to the Cooper Tires British Formula 3 International Series this weekend at Silverstone. The 23-year-old former McLaren Autosport BRDC award winner will drive a Volkswagen-powered Dallara for the crack German team Motopark.

Sims is using the final rounds of British Formula 3 as preparation for his third assault on the Macau Grand Prix. He last raced an F3 car in 2010, and was a race winner at Silverstone when he guested in British F3 with the ART Grand Prix team.

Sixth in GP3 this season, Alexander is looking forward to his return to Europe’s most competitive stepping stone to single-seater success: “I haven’t driven an F3 car for a year and have not worked with Motopark before, so no expectations – I’ll wait to see what happens and plan to enjoy the experience.

“I needed to do an F3 race in order to qualifying for Macau, and this was my best option. Hopefully, having done two years of F3, I will quickly be able to get back on terms with the car.”

Also joining the Silverstone grid is 17-year-old Brazilian Guilherme Silva, who will make his British F3 debut with the Hitech Racing team. Silva is currently running second in the South American F3 championship with the Buckinghamshire squad’s Brazilian satellite team.

Another ex-GP3 racer, Kiwi Mitch Evans, joins the Double R team for Silverstone. The 17-year-old was Australian Formula Ford Championship runner-up in 2009 and second in Australian F3 last year

British Formula 3 enjoys the headlining support of Cooper Tires and is additionally backed by Sunoco Racing Fuels, Anglo American Oil Company and OAMPS.