DEBUT F3 PODIUM GIVES BRATT CHAMPIONSHIP LEAD AT SPA Will Bratt has taken the lead in the 2008 FIAT Spanish Formula 3 Championship standings after securing his first career F3 podium at Spa-Francorchamps this afternoon, Saturday, 31st ...
DEBUT F3 PODIUM GIVES BRATT CHAMPIONSHIP LEAD AT SPA
Will Bratt has taken the lead in the 2008 FIAT Spanish Formula 3 Championship standings after securing his first career F3 podium at Spa-Francorchamps this afternoon, Saturday, 31st May.
Climbing onto the rostrum after only his third race in Formula 3, the 20-year-old from Banbury now heads into tomorrow afternoon's fourth round of the season with a one point advantage over Bruno Mendez and is a further point ahead of erstwhile leader Victor Garcia.
Having taken his first ever F3 pole position earlier in the day with a truly stunning lap some seven 10ths of a second clear of his nearest rival, Will didn't make the best of starts in his EmiliodeVillota.com Motorsport F308 Dallara but fought back well to finish in third position, just nine 10ths of a second shy of second place at the chequered flag.
"It's fantastic to be on the podium but I had hoped to try and get my first win today after taking pole position", said Will at the end of round three, "I didn't have the best of starts, it wasn't as bad as the one I had at Jarama but still not great. I dropped to fourth but managed to fight back into third and at the finish the top three were all very close.
"Considering the circuit is still new to me and I'm learning all of the time I'm still pretty pleased with how today has gone. The bonus is to be leading the championship after three races. There's still a long way to go as far as the title goes but it's nice to be on top this early in the season."
Conditions for today's encounter were quite cold and foggy. In actual fact, rain did start to fall over the back part of the circuit during the last couple of laps but thankfully the moisture didn't cause any problems. Reflecting on lap times in the race, Will's best came on his fifth tour and was a time of 2m 19.314 seconds (180.964 km/h).
Leaping from sixth in the championship heading into this weekend's event at the home of the Belgian Formula One Grand Prix to the top of the standings thanks to today's podium, coupled with a bonus point for pole position, Will now plans to consolidate his lead tomorrow afternoon during round four of the season.
With the top six finishing order from the first race of any given FIAT Spanish F3 weekend reversed to form the first three rows on the grid for the second encounter, Will lines up in fourth position for round four. The action is scheduled to begin at 15.35 (local time) tomorrow, Sunday, 1st June.