Nicki Thiim scored an emotional victory in Sunday’s Porsche Mobil1 Supercup race at Silverstone last weekend, write Colin and James Beckett.
His winning car at the Santander British Grand Prix meeting carried a message of remembrance for his friend and fellow countryman, Allan Simonsen, who died during the Le Mans 24-Hour Race.
Thiim was on a mission right from the very first lap of Porsche free practice, and the youngster was quick all weekend.
After winning, he dedicated his victory to the memory of Simonsen – a racer who was seen regularly in British GT racing events.
He said: “Allan was a very special person and someone everyone liked. His passing at Le Mans has left a huge hole in all of our hearts and I wanted to win this weekend at Silverstone – a track he loved, to honour his memory.”
Michael Ammermueller (Lechner Racing) and Michael Christensen (DAMS) completed the podium. Christensen, also a Dane, said: “It would have been great to have scored a Danish 1-2 for Allan – but at least I made it to the podium. This race result is for him at a track he loved.”
In the GP3 Series support races, the Silverstone-based Status Grand Prix and Bamboo Engineering teams were in action.
Both squads scored mixed results. In Saturday’s feature, race Adderly Fong was the top Status finisher in ninth, while Carmen Jorda was Bamboo’s top racer finishing 23rd. In Sunday’s Sprint race, Lewis Williamson was the best local finisher – taking 14th for Bamboo.
British fans were, however, able to cheer a victory for reigning British F3 International Series champion, Jack Harvey, on Saturday – who drove to the chequered flag in some-style.
The Racing Steps-supported driver, at the wheel of an ART Grand Prix entry, finished ahead of Kevin Korjus (Koiranen GP) and Facu Regalia (ART).
On Sunday, it was the turn of Giovanni Venturini (Trident) to score a win with Nick Yelloly (Carlin) and Alex Fontana (Jenzer Motorsport) completing the top three steps of the podium.
Elsewhere, Alexander Sims will join Status Grand Prix this weekend for the GP3 Series races at the Nurburgring in Germany.
The former BRDC McLaren Autosport Young Driver of the Year has been called up by the team to replace Adderly Fong, who has a clashing commitment in another race series.
Sims said: “I am very happy to be asked to race in GP3 this weekend. It is always good to be asked to drive a top flight single-seater, and although this is just a one-off, I will give it my best shot!”