IMPRESSIVE BRATT SECURES TOP SIX START AT KNOCKHILL Adderbury teenager Will Bratt enjoyed one of his, and Scorpio Motorsport's, most impressive qualifying sessions of the Formula Renault UK season at Knockhill this afternoon ahead of rounds...
IMPRESSIVE BRATT SECURES TOP SIX START AT KNOCKHILL
Adderbury teenager Will Bratt enjoyed one of his, and Scorpio Motorsport's, most impressive qualifying sessions of the Formula Renault UK season at Knockhill this afternoon ahead of rounds seven and eight of the 2006 championship.
The 18-year-old category race-winner, who is currently in the midst of essential A-level exams, made big strides forward from the pace shown during Friday's test session at the Scottish circuit to record a brace of top 10 grid starts for tomorrow's races.
Round seven qualifying proved to be the highlight of the weekend so far with a lap of 48.612 seconds (96.16mph) placing Will an excellent sixth fastest on the timesheets, just four 10ths of a second adrift of the pole position time and a mere 10th of a second away from the front row.
The second of the two qualifying sessions, determining the grid for round eight, saw Will place his Apotex Pharmaceuticals-backed car ninth on the timesheets with a quickest lap of 48.749 seconds (95.89mph), just behind Scorpio team-mate David Epton.
"I'm much happier with our pace today, the team has done a great job with the car", said Will at the conclusion of qualifying. "We did struggle a little bit yesterday with understeer but I'm pleased with the way things have gone today and certainly happy to start both races from inside the top 10.
"It's great for the team to have both cars in the top 10 for the second of tomorrow's races and we should be competitive. It's difficult to overtake at Knockhill though and the weather could be a factor too as rain is forecast, but we're confident we'll be strong."
Will added: "I'm happier we're showing the kind of pace we know we're capable of this weekend. The last round at Thruxton was a bit of a problem for us but we're back where we know we should be. I'm aiming for two top six results from tomorrow's races and if we can achieve anything like that it will be good for our championship position."
Round seven of the Formula Renault UK Championship is set to commence at 12.00 tomorrow, Sunday, 18th June, with the eighth round of the season timetabled to begin at approximately 15.45. Unfortunately, there will be no TV coverage of the Knockhill races.