BRATT TAKES SUPERB MAIDEN EUROSERIES 3000 VICTORY AT ZOLDER Britain's Will Bratt did his 2009 PartyPokerRacing.it Euroseries 3000 Championship hopes the power of good at Zolder in Belgium this afternoon, Saturday, 22nd August, by securing his ...
BRATT TAKES SUPERB MAIDEN EUROSERIES 3000 VICTORY AT ZOLDER
Britain's Will Bratt did his 2009 PartyPokerRacing.it Euroseries 3000 Championship hopes the power of good at Zolder in Belgium this afternoon, Saturday, 22nd August, by securing his maiden category victory with an outstanding lights-to-flag performance.
The 21-year-old, driving for EmiliodeVillota.com Motorsport, produced stunningly consistent pace throughout the sixth round of the season and took the chequered flag on lap 27 just under eight seconds clear of Italian racer Fabio Onidi. As the only driver to post sub-1m 21 second times lap after lap, Will also set the fastest lap of all with an effort of 1m20.309 seconds.
Having never been to the 2.5-mile Belgian track prior to Thursday's pre-event practice, Will's superb pace throughout the course of the third race meeting of the campaign has been all the more impressive considering his lack of experience. The Banbury-based racer retains his top four place in the driver standings ahead of the next event which will take place at Valencia, Spain, in three weeks.
"It's such a good feeling to achieve our first win, it's fantastic for me, for everyone at the team and hopefully marks a major turning point in the season for us", commented Will, "To finally get the win under our belts is a major boost and it's no more than the team has deserved as they've done an incredible job all year. We're really pleased with such a strong finish to the weekend."
Lining up third on the grid for the opening race, round five, after a great effort in qualifying on Thursday afternoon, Will ran strongly behind championship leader Marco Bonanomi and looked well on course to secure a podium finish. Before mid-distance though, Will's car picked up an unfortunate slow puncture which eventually resulted in the tyre exploding and pitching him off the circuit.
Bouncing back brilliantly in round six, Will got away very cleanly from pole position and was never headed on his way to a 7.8 second winning margin. Leading by around one second prior to a Safety Car period on lap three, the British Racing Drivers' Club (BRDC) Rising Star did a terrific job at the re-start and continued to post fastest lap after fastest lap.
On the 14th tour, Will posted the quickest lap of the race and over the course of the remaining 13 laps he continued to extend his advantage at the front. Taking such an impressive win, the talented racer has reaffirmed his place as a genuine 2009 title contender.
Will added: "Obviously it was really disappointing to pick up the puncture in race one, another problem which was no fault of our own. At that point I was starting to wonder what we needed to do to have some better fortune considering the steering failure we had at Magny-Cours!
"Our pace was consistently quick though so I knew we'd have a good chance in the second race. The team did a fantastic job to get the car perfect for race two, so a big thank you goes out to Emilio and the rest of the guys. I was able to push lap after lap to build a good lead over (Fabio) Onidi, the car felt great and I can't wait now for the triple-header at Valencia next month."
Will's next outing in the PartyPokerRacing.it Euroseries 3000 Championship will come three weeks from now, 12th/13th September, at Valencia in Spain. For the only time this season the event will comprise three races, rounds, seven, eight and nine, with the regular double-header and an extra outing to compensate for the cancelled Donington Park event at the beginning of August.