TOUGH THRUXTON CHALLENGE AWAITS RACE-WINNER BRATT Formula Renault UK sensation Will Bratt faces a tall order to repeat his race-winning performance of three weeks ago at Thruxton tomorrow, the 18-year-old frustrated after a challenging pair of...
TOUGH THRUXTON CHALLENGE AWAITS RACE-WINNER BRATT
Formula Renault UK sensation Will Bratt faces a tall order to repeat his race-winning performance of three weeks ago at Thruxton tomorrow, the 18-year-old frustrated after a challenging pair of qualifying sessions at the ultra-fast Hampshire circuit earlier today.
While confident there will be a number of overtaking opportunities during rounds five and six of the season at the 2.35-mile track tomorrow, the Adderbury sensation certainly has his work cut out to maintain fourth position in the championship standings, starting round five from 17th on the grid and round six from 11th position.
The Scorpio Motorsport ace struggled with grip problems throughout both of today's sessions and after posting a best lap of 1m 11.255 seconds (119.03mph) during round five qualifying, a time of 1m 11.789 seconds (118.14mph) during the much hotter second session resulted in an improvement of six places on his earlier effort.
While overtaking is notoriously tricky in Formula Renault UK, Will is a true racer and if overnight changes to his Apotex Pharmaceuticals-backed car cure his handling troubles there is every chance he will be able to record some strong points-scoring finishes.
"I'm very frustrated with my times today", said a disappointed Will following the day's second qualifying session, "We know from testing we should have been quicker but I had problems with grip and at Goodwood the car was under-steering quite badly which compromised my run through the fastest part of the track, so we lost time there for sure.
"We've certainly got a real battle ahead of us tomorrow, especially in the first race starting so far back, but if we can improve the grip problem with some overnight changes I think we can come through the midfield and try and make our way into the top 10.
"If we can do that I think I'll be fairly satisfied and then for the second race my aim is to try and get into the top six but, again, it's going to be tough. We need to score as highly as possible to keep us among the front-runners in the championship standings and while it will be very hard, I'll be giving it my all tomorrow."
Round five of the 2006 Formula Renault UK Championship is scheduled to take place at 13.00 tomorrow, Sunday, 4th June, with the sixth round of the season expected to get underway at 16.35. Both races will be covered live on Motors TV, channel 413 of the Sky Digital platform and channel 173 via cable operator NTL.