UK: Will Bratt Oulton Park preview

DOUBLE RACE WINNER BRATT HAS HIGH OULTON PARK HOPES Having thoroughly dominated rounds seven and eight of the 2007 Formula Renault UK Championship two weeks ago, taking a double pole position and faultless pair of race victories, Will Bratt...

DOUBLE RACE WINNER BRATT HAS HIGH OULTON PARK HOPES

Having thoroughly dominated rounds seven and eight of the 2007 Formula Renault UK Championship two weeks ago, taking a double pole position and faultless pair of race victories, Will Bratt heads to Oulton Park Island Circuit next weekend, 23rd/24th June, aiming to carry the momentum forward and continue his excellent run of form.

While some onlookers may have been a little surprised by the dominance displayed at Croft by Will and the Apotex Scorpio Motorsport team, the 19-year-old sensation and his Loughborough-based squad have always known it would be a matter of when, and not if, they would reach the top step of the podium this season.

Starting the year very strongly during winter testing and then continuing their progress throughout the official pre-season tests, it has only been sporadic misfortune which has meant the third-year partnership with team bosses Jon Pettitt and Tony Trevor hasn't brought more wins so far this year.

With the double victory helping to lift Adderbury-based Will into fifth position overall in the championship standings, confidence is high within the team another good performance could well be on the cards next weekend at Oulton Park during the ninth and 10th rounds of the season.

Croft also marked the most successful weekend in the history of the Apotex Scorpio squad, Will's brace of wins helping lift the team into a richly deserved third place in the entrant's standings of the UK's most competitive one-make, single-seater series.

"Croft was an amazing weekend for us", said Will, "Everything came together perfectly and it proved to me how important a good qualifying performance is. We've worked hard on improving our qualifying but we know there's plenty more hard work to do if we're to continue challenging at the front."

Oulton Park, of course, was the scene of Will's highly emotional maiden Formula Renault UK race victory last season and ahead of next weekend's race meeting at the Cheshire venue the three-time category race winner is feeling rightfully buoyant.

Unfortunately though, the Oxon teenager will be forced to miss pre-event testing the day before the race meeting because of crucial exams which form a key part of his History studies at the University of Oxford's Lincoln College.

While missing any track-time is frustrating for any racer, Will is all too aware of the extreme importance of his education and so his exams will quite rightly take precedence over the official test day on Friday, 22nd June.

He added: "We're really looking forward to Oulton Park, it marked a breakthrough for us last year and we'll be going all out to try and win again this time. We're not getting carried away with our Croft success though, we know we need to try and find a couple more 10ths of a second to enable us to consistently battle for wins.

"Missing the test will be a bit of a disadvantage for us but there are always potential problems which can bite you during testing so at least our car will be in top condition for the start of qualifying."

-credit: www.willbratt.com

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Series Formula Renault
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