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Spain: Will Bratt Valencia test preview

BRATT TO MAKE FORMULA 3 TEST DEBUT AT VALENCIA Will Bratt is delighted to confirm he will make his Formula 3 test debut next Tuesday, 11th March, at Valencia in Spain. News about the 19-year-old's progression up the motor racing ladder comes...

BRATT TO MAKE FORMULA 3 TEST DEBUT AT VALENCIA

Will Bratt is delighted to confirm he will make his Formula 3 test debut next Tuesday, 11th March, at Valencia in Spain.

News about the 19-year-old's progression up the motor racing ladder comes after several weeks of discussions which have seen the Banbury ace carefully considering opportunities in a variety of categories. However, the invitation by Emilio de Villota to lead his Spanish F3 team's 2008 championship challenge was by far the most interesting one.

Next week's two-day test outing at Valencia will act as the pre-cursor to a full deal to contest the FIAT Spanish F3 Championship this year; Will stepping up a level after three seasons in the Formula Renault UK series where he finished a superb third overall in 2007 driving for Apotex Scorpio Motorsport.

Looking ahead to his maiden F3 run, Will commented: "We hadn't really considered Spanish F3 until we received Emilio's offer but it now makes perfect sense and I'm really looking forward to the Valencia test.

"I'm confident racing in the Spanish Formula 3 Championship will be good for my career, particularly when you consider the championship uses four of the Formula One/GP2 circuits and it will also support the European Grand Prix this year on the brand new Valencia street circuit.

"Several of the top drivers in F1 and GP2 graduated from Spanish F3 so that bodes well. Of course, everything hinges on the test really but it should be good and I can't wait to have my first experience of an F3 car."

Alongside the benefits a season in Spanish F3 would bring in the motor racing sense, including the chance to race as support to the 2008 European Grand Prix on the Valencia street circuit, the championship calendar also fits in well with Will's final year of study at Oxford University.

The FIAT Spanish Formula 3 Championship has become one of the foremost F3 categories in the world in recent seasons with Javier Villa, Andy Soucek, Borja Garcia, Roldan Rodriguez and Sergio Jimenez all graduating to the highly prestigious, Formula One-supporting, GP2 series.

-credit: willbratt.com

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Series F3
Drivers Emilio de Villota , Borja Garcia , Andy Soucek , Sergio Jimenez , Will Bratt , Javier Villa