EXCELLENT FORM CONTINUES FOR BRATT AT CROFT Will Bratt concluded the second day of Formula Renault UK testing at Croft Circuit this afternoon delighted with his performance yet again having been one of the three fastest drivers during three of...
EXCELLENT FORM CONTINUES FOR BRATT AT CROFT
Will Bratt concluded the second day of Formula Renault UK testing at Croft Circuit this afternoon delighted with his performance yet again having been one of the three fastest drivers during three of the day's four sessions of track action.
The 19-year-old Apotex Scorpio Motorsport ace, who finished fourth and third fastest respectively in yesterday's two sessions, continued to show his front-running credentials during today's outing at the 2.1-mile North Yorkshire venue where he ended the day a highly creditable fifth fastest overall on combined times.
Will's quickest lap of the day, 1m 17.765 seconds (98.38mph), came during the third of the day's four sessions but the Adderbury-based star was consistently on the pace throughout the day having been third fastest in sessions two, three and four.
In session one, which took place on a drying track due to overnight rain which set-in at Croft during the second of yesterday's two test sessions, Will posted the fifth quickest time with a lap of 1m 20.361 seconds (95.20mph).
With the track having dried in time for session two, the Oxon driver was an impressive third quickest with a best lap of 1m 18.187 seconds (97.85mph), just two 10ths of a second away from the outright pace, and then in the third session he continued in the same vein with his best lap of all, 1m 17.765 seconds (98.38mph).
Third quickest yet again in the fourth and final session with a best lap of 1m 17.797 seconds (98.34mph), the University of Oxford scholar is now rightfully looking forward to rounds seven and eight of the Formula Renault UK Championship which will take place at Croft just over a fortnight from now.
"The last two days have gone very well for us", commented Will, "We've been very strong, quick in the wet and the dry, so we have a lot of confidence ahead of the Croft races in two weeks. It would have been nice to have topped the times in one of the sessions but to be firmly among the front-runners throughout the two days is great.
"We had a chance to be second fastest in the last session today but my quickest lap was compromised by a slower BARC car (Formula Renault BARC runners were permitted to test alongside the Formula Renault UK drivers today). I'm pleased with how things have gone though, we made good progress with the car and we're happy with our pace."
Will returns to Croft just over two weeks from now on Friday, 1st June, for pre-event testing ahead of the seventh and eighth rounds of the season. Timetable restrictions on Saturday, 2nd June, mean the Formula Renault UK competitors will only have a single 20-minute qualifying session to determine the grid for both of the weekend's races.
Rounds seven and eight will take place on Sunday, 3rd June, and both encounters will be broadcast live on digital satellite and cable subscription channel Setanta Sports 2.