BRATT DELIGHTED WITH BATTLING PODIUM AT DONINGTON Scorpio Motorsport's Will Bratt made his second visit of the season to the Formula Renault UK podium at Donington National Circuit this afternoon following a superb performance during the 12th ...
BRATT DELIGHTED WITH BATTLING PODIUM AT DONINGTON
Scorpio Motorsport's Will Bratt made his second visit of the season to the Formula Renault UK podium at Donington National Circuit this afternoon following a superb performance during the 12th round of the year.
Having qualified a highly impressive fifth on the grid, the 18-year-old from Adderbury near Banbury produced one of the very best drives of his short single-seater career to achieve a fantastic third place and, at the same time, close to within four points of the coveted top six in the driver standings.
"It's a very nice way to end the weekend and it feels good to be back on the podium for the first time since Oulton Park", said a delighted Will at the conclusion of the 12th round of the season.
"We were sixth quickest right at the start of testing but then we started to drop away so to finish on a high is brilliant. We want to be on the podium on more of a regular basis and we are certainly trying our best every time we go out on track.
"Sometimes we haven't had the car set-up quite right and other times maybe it's a little bit of a lack of experience on my part. But our package is really starting to come together this season and we're confident of more podiums before the end of the year."
Under warm sunshine, the start of round 12 saw Will challenge for fourth position in his Apotex Pharmaceuticals-backed car as the leaders headed into Redgate Corner for the first time and as fellow championship rivals
eremy Metcalfe and Sam Bird came into contact at Craner Curves, Will kept his cool to move neatly into the top four.
Due to the incident between Bird and Metcalfe, the Safety Car was deployed on lap two but at the re-start on lap six Will read things superbly and immediately began to challenge third placed Cheng Cong Fu for the final podium spot.
Although Cheng's team-mate Franck Mailleux was right on Will's tail, the Scorpio ace remained composed and at Goddard's Chicane on lap seven he produced a superb piece of overtaking to snatch third position which he would hold to the chequered flag.
Scorpio team-mate David Epton helped make it a double celebration on home soil for the Loughborough squad with a richly deserved top six result from 12th place on the grid.
Unfortunately, the opening race of the day wasn't so kind to Will and after making a good start from his grid position of 13th, the teenager's decision to take the outside line through Redgate Corner on lap one didn't pay off.
On the outside line all the way down through Craner Curves and towards the Old Hairpin, he was forced wide onto the dirty part of the track and the resulting loss of grip also meant several lost positions. A spirited fight-back though saw Will push his 2005 Graduate Cup rival Richard Keen all the way to the flag en route to 15th place.
Will's 31-point haul from Sunday's two races mean the Oxon sensation is also strongly in the running for the Donington Park Racing Association Club (DPRAC) Cup which will be presented to the British driver from Formula Renault UK who amasses the biggest combined score from the four races which will be staged at Donington Park this year.
With the first two races complete, Will is currently third in the list of eligible award winners and a mere three points adrift of leader James Sutton. The remaining two Donington Park races, rounds 15 and 16 of the season, will take place in September.
Both of today's races meanwhile, which were broadcast live on Motors TV, will be replayed in full this Tuesday, 1st August, at 07.00. Motors TV is available to Sky Digital viewers on channel 413 and to NTL cable viewers on channel 173.
The 13th and 14th rounds of the 2006 Formula Renault UK Championship will take place a fortnight from now on 12th/13th August at Snetterton in Norfolk. Pre-event testing will be held on Friday, 11th August.