TOP FOUR SNETTERTON PACE PLEASES BRATT Will Bratt enjoyed another highly productive outing at Snetterton Circuit in Norfolk today as the latest official Formula Renault UK test came to a close; the 18-year-old firmly among the pace setters...
TOP FOUR SNETTERTON PACE PLEASES BRATT
Will Bratt enjoyed another highly productive outing at Snetterton Circuit in Norfolk today as the latest official Formula Renault UK test came to a close; the 18-year-old firmly among the pace setters having produced the fourth fastest time of the day.
After impressing during day one at the 1.95-mile venue yesterday, the Apotex Scorpio Motorsport driver knocked almost three 10ths of a second off his Wednesday best with an impressive lap of 1m 05.012 seconds (108.091mph) this morning.
Unfortunately for the Adderbury teenager and the remainder of the Formula Renault UK runners, today's test was curtailed early when championship officials canned the second of the day's two sessions following a front wing failure for Manor Competition's Kris Loane (Kesh, Co. Fermanagh) which resulted in an accident at Riches Corner.
Although frustrating to miss out on valuable test time, Will and his fellow competitors obviously realise the need for such a safety conscious approach and Renault Sport will now be looking into the causes of Loane's front wing breakage ahead of next week's official test at Brands Hatch Indy Circuit.
Speaking on the unusual day, Will commented: "We're very happy indeed with the work we have completed over the last day and a half and to have ended this morning inside the top four was pleasing.
"We resolved the problem we had at Rockingham last week, which affected our pace on the second day, and the Snetterton times are far more realistic of where we are in the overall scheme of things. We've made more good progress today and our preparations are certainly going well ahead of what will be a very competitive year of racing."
Brands Hatch Indy Circuit in Kent, the venue for the first two rounds of the Formula Renault UK Championship season, is scheduled to host the next official pre-season test on Tuesday, 13th March.
Due to the issue surrounding the front wing breakage which was the cause of the early conclusion to today's action, there is some concern over whether or not the Brands Hatch test will go ahead as planned. However, Renault Sport officials are confident there will be no further disruptions to the pre-season testing programme.