BRATT SALVAGES TOP 10 FROM TOUGH SNETTERTON WEEKEND Oxon teenager Will Bratt managed to maintain seventh position in the Formula Renault UK Championship standings at Snetterton today after one of his most difficult weekends of the 2006 ...
BRATT SALVAGES TOP 10 FROM TOUGH SNETTERTON WEEKEND
Oxon teenager Will Bratt managed to maintain seventh position in the Formula Renault UK Championship standings at Snetterton today after one of his most difficult weekends of the 2006 season.
The Scorpio Motorsport ace, who is backed by Apotex Pharmaceuticals, headed into today's two races with a tough battle on his hands having qualified 11th on the grid for round 13 and then 13th on the grid for round 14 after a wet-weather set-up gamble unfortunately failed to pay off on Saturday.
Will performed particularly well in the first of today's races to achieve a deserved top 10 finish, especially considering he dropped down to 13th place on the opening lap. By the third tour of the circuit he was up into 12th place and then a good pass on championship rival James Sutton saw him move back into 11th and in with a chance of a top 10 finish.
Pressurising Josh Fisher for the next half a dozen laps, Will also needed to be mindful of Sutton's presence but on lap 11 he finally made the breakthrough and moved ahead into 10th place which he held to the chequered flag.
Speaking after the race, the 18-year-old said: "I pushed hard to get by Fisher as I could see (Duncan) Tappy was getting away and I knew Josh was holding me up. I'm fairly happy with my race pace really and I think 10th is a fair result, especially considering I dropped down to 13th on the first lap."
Race two proved to be an altogether different scenario for the Oulton Park race winner, a total lack of grip and straight-line speeding leaving the Scorpio team with no doubt an as-yet-undiscovered problem was affecting the performance of Will's car from the very beginning of round 14.
On the opening lap Will looked destined to go backwards as he struggled to keep the car on the circuit and after slipping down the order to 18th at one stage, he did manage to salvage 16th position with some determined driving.
"My car had no grip at all and was very slow down the straights", explained Will at the end of round 14, "We think there's some damage on the car which we haven't uncovered yet but the team will check that at the workshop and see what the reason was.
"It's been a difficult weekend, I haven't really enjoyed Snetterton at all, but we need to look forward to Donington as we know we have a good set-up there. It's been an unfortunate weekend but there was nothing I could do, the car just wasn't working and so we need to work out why."
Both of today's races, which were broadcast live, will be replayed in full on Motors TV this Wednesday, 16th August, at 07.00 on channel 413 of the Sky Digital platform and channel 173 through the NTL cable network.
Rounds 15 and 16 of the Formula Renault UK season will take place four weeks from now, 9th/10th September, at Donington Park Grand Prix Circuit in Leicestershire. Along with his championship bid, Will is also firmly in contention for the prestigious Donington Park Racing Association Club (DPRAC) Cup.
Having scored heavily during the championship's previous visit to Donington in July, Will is very handily placed to claim the trophy which will be presented to the British driver who has scored the most points over the course of the quartet of Formula Renault UK races to be contested at the Leicestershire venue this season.
Before then, Will and the rest of the championship competitors will be in action at Silverstone National Circuit in Northamptonshire for a day of exclusive testing on Tuesday, 22nd August.