BRATT CONFIRMS STEP-UP TO EUROSERIES 3000 FOR 2009 SEASON British motor racing star Will Bratt has confirmed his graduation to the PartyPoker backed Euroseries 3000 Championship this year, after agreeing a deal with ex-Formula One driver Emilio...
BRATT CONFIRMS STEP-UP TO EUROSERIES 3000 FOR 2009 SEASON
British motor racing star Will Bratt has confirmed his graduation to the PartyPoker backed Euroseries 3000 Championship this year, after agreeing a deal with ex-Formula One driver Emilio de Villota's Spanish-based team.
Delaying his planned graduation to the FIA Formula One World Championship-supporting GP2 Series until 2010 due to timing conflicts, the Banbury racer has been working hard to secure a full race programme for the current season which doesn't impact too heavily on his final few months of study and exams at Oxford University.
After considering a number of options in recent months, Will -- who celebrated his 21st birthday on Easter Monday -- has now identified Euroseries 3000 as his championship of choice for the coming year and will remain with EmiliodeVillota.com Motorsport, the squad which ran him to fifth position overall in the 2008 FIAT Spanish Formula 3 Championship.
Beginning over the weekend 16th/17th May at the outstanding new Portimao Circuit in the Algarve region of Portugal, the 2009 Euroseries 3000 Championship will be contested across seven race meetings in total with two races at each event. Of particular note and interest is the champion's prize, a funded race drive in GP2 in 2010.
"It's been quite a challenge trying to identify a championship which fits in with my final year of study at Oxford", said Will, "We looked at a number of different options and had some very good offers on the table but the opportunity to race in Euroseries 3000 best suits us, especially as it means we can work with Emilio and his team again in an international series.
"The original aim was to be in GP2 this year as we're confident we could do a very good job there but having been unable to take part in the Paul Ricard test in early March, and with other clashes, we had to look at other categories. Euroseries 3000 is a good championship, the cars are powerful and it has a fantastic prize -- I'm really looking forward to my first run."
Run by Coloni Motorsport, the Euroseries 3000 Championship -- which this year has headline sponsorship from PartyPoker.net -- visits some of the continent's most high profile circuits. New for 2009 is the introduction of the updated first generation A1 Grand Prix Lola B0552 chassis which will be powered by a Zytek engine producing around 550bhp.
Over its 10-year history, the category has produced a number of quality racers, the most famous being multiple Grand Prix winner, and 2008 FIA Formula One World Championship runner-up, Felipe Massa.
Entering his fifth season of single-seater action this year, Will has high hopes of challenging for his second car racing title -- his first coming in 2004 at the age of 16 in the BRSCC T-Car Championship. From there, he went on to become a multiple race winner in Formula Renault UK, his best placing in the driver standings of third overall coming in 2007.
Last year, the highly-rated racer stepped-up to international competition for the first time after graduating to the ranks of Formula 3 in the FIAT Spanish F3 Championship. The Oxon ace took no time at all to adjust to the category and became a consistent front-runner, concluding the year a highly creditable fifth overall in the standings.
At the tail-end of 2008, Will made his track debut in a GP2 car with David Price Racing (DPR) and immediately proved his credentials by posting the second fastest time in a group test at the Paul Ricard circuit in France during only his second outing.
Will's first taste of his Euroseries 3000 single-seater will come during a two-day official test at Portimao in Portugal on 13th/14th May ahead of the opening race meeting of the season at the fabulous Algarve facility just two days later, over the weekend 16th/17th May.
The championship will also visit Magny-Cours in France, Zolder in Belgium and three Italian circuits -- Vallelunga, Monza and Imola. The highlight for Will, however, will be the UK visit to Donington Park in Leicestershire on 1st/2nd August.