IMPRESSIVE RACE DRIVE SECURES BRATT TOP 12 AT YAS MARINA Party Poker Racing.com-backed GP2 Asia Series rookie Will Bratt produced an impressive, battling drive during this evening's third round of the 2009/2010 season in Abu Dhabi to secure his...
IMPRESSIVE RACE DRIVE SECURES BRATT TOP 12 AT YAS MARINA
Party Poker Racing.com-backed GP2 Asia Series rookie Will Bratt produced an impressive, battling drive during this evening's third round of the 2009/2010 season in Abu Dhabi to secure his second top 12 result of the campaign.
Racing well throughout the 33-lap Feature Race at the 5.5km Yas Marina Circuit, 21-year-old Will delivered a strong account of himself as he climbed from 22nd on the grid into the top 12 and, in doing so, finished as the highest placed of the two Scuderia Coloni drivers.
Marking Will's first experience of 'floodlit' racing, today's outing underlined the British driver's ability as he overcame a lack of track time in qualifying -- following an unfortunate spin while pushing hard on his fourth lap of the session -- to produce a noteworthy performance.
After making a very good start from the 11th row of the grid, Will avoided chaos at the first turn to carve his way inside the top 20 and by the end of the second sector of the opening lap he was in 18th position and pushing hard to keep experienced team-mate Alberto Valerio behind.
Although slipping behind Dani Clos a couple of laps later, Will matched the Spaniard on sector times and remained tight to his tail as the end of lap six approached. At this point, Clos opted to make his mandatory tyre change pit-stop so Will sensibly followed suit and managed to leap ahead of his rival after a good 'in' lap and some neat work by the Party Poker Racing.com Scuderia Coloni team.
By mid-distance, Will had steered his Renault-powered Dallara into the top 16 and the Banbury racer then began a duel with Frenchman Charles Pic which ran to the chequered flag on lap 33. Moving up the order on laps 26 and 27 to climb into 14th position, Will continued to apply enormous pressure to Pic. Although there was no way past, two late retirements lifted the Briton into 12th place.
"I'm pleased I was able to move forward in the race to finish in the top 12 and although I would have liked to have been further forward still, we've laid a solid foundation for tomorrow's race with a 12th position start", reflected the reigning Euroseries 3000 Champion.
"Qualifying was a real shame but my race start was good and our pit-stop was excellent, the team did a good job turning me around to get ahead of (Dani) Clos. The aim tomorrow will be to push forward into the top 10 and, hopefully, secure my best result yet in GP2."
The 22-lap fourth round of the 2009/2010 GP2 Asia Series is scheduled to get underway at 18.00 (local time) tomorrow, Saturday, 6th February. Cable and digital satellite channel British Eurosport 2 will carry live coverage in the UK at 14.00 -- please check listings for up-to-the-minute details.
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