HUGELY POSITIVE END TO MEMORABLE YEAR FOR GP2 STAR BRATT
GP2 Series rookie Will Bratt capped off this week's official test outing at Paul Ricard in France with a superb front-running effort today, Thursday, 12th November -- the Briton posting the fifth fastest time in the morning before improving to fourth quickest this afternoon.
Marking the last time category runners will be on track until the second race meeting of the 2009/2010 GP2 Asia series in early February, the Party Poker Racing-supported driver completed just shy of 200 laps over the course of the three-day test and made fantastic progress along the way.
Steering his Renault-powered Dallara to a quickest lap of 1m12.675 seconds this morning, just 0.159 seconds shy of the session's best, the 21-year-old went on to lap with a fastest time of 1m12.835 seconds in the afternoon to conclude the final session of the year in fourth position.
Each time he was on track today, Will was always in the top cluster of pace-setting drivers. Despite not being able to piece together his fastest sector times in both sessions, which ultimately cost the Banbury racer a potential time-sheet topping best, his efforts were still incredibly impressive.
Will commented: "I'm pretty happy with how the Paul Ricard test has gone for us, it's just a shame we weren't able to hook the sectors up today as we should have been faster. Finishing in the top five this morning and fourth this afternoon is great but it could have been better still. Even so, we've made very good progress and it's been a fantastic way to end a phenomenal year."
The steps made by Will throughout this week, working closely with the PartyPokerRacing.com Scuderia Coloni engineers, have truly put the icing on the cake for 2009 -- a memorable year in which the British Racing Drivers' Club (BRDC) Rising Star matched academic success, a degree in History from Oxford University, with multiple race wins and championship victory in Euroseries 3000.
With today's test outing the final GP2 run of the year, Will now has a lengthy 12 week break from competitive action until the GP2 Asia Series resumes at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi on Friday, 5th February, and Saturday, 6th February 2010.