SOLID TEST PACE PROVES BRATT'S 'SHOOT-OUT' CREDENTIALS
Banbury motor racing sensation Will Bratt enjoyed a solid test outing at Snetterton Circuit in Norfolk earlier today, the 19-year-old preparing well for this weekend's all-important Formula Palmer Audi 'shoot-out' which will determine the sixth finalist for the highly prestigious 2007 McLaren Autosport BRDC Award.
Topping the times during the second of today's four 30-minute sessions with a best lap of 1m 05.33 seconds, the BRDC Rising Star was also second fastest in the opening session with a best run of 1m 05.27 seconds. Overall he concluded the pre-event practice fourth on combined timings, just two 10ths of a second shy of the outright pace.
During sessions three and four, Will wasn't quite as quick as he had been in the morning with the fifth and eighth fastest times respectively but this was simply due to some aerodynamic variations which he wanted to try out on his Apotex UK-backed car.
"The first couple of sessions today were quite good, I was fairly pleased with our pace, but this afternoon we tried a couple of set-up changes which didn't really work out so that's why our times were slower", commented Will, "I'm confident in qualifying tomorrow we'll be up at the sharp end and able to fight for the front row in each of the three sessions."
This weekend's event at Snetterton is, of course, the finale of the 2007 Visma Formula Palmer Audi Autumn Trophy but, more importantly, Sunday's three races will also double-up as the coveted 'shoot-out' to determine which of the 22 registered drivers go forward to earn the last finalists place in this year's McLaren Autosport BRDC Award.
Currently sixth overall in the Autumn Trophy standings following his FPA debut at Brands Hatch Indy Circuit in Kent last weekend, where he claimed a double pole position and maiden category podium, Will hopes for more on Saturday and Sunday as he bids to win the all-important 'shoot-out'.
While it would be a great addition to the Oxon racer's CV to become the 2007 FPA Autumn Trophy Champion, his chief aim is to emerge from the weekend as the highest scoring driver over the course of the three races in order to take his place in the McLaren Autosport BRDC Award finals.
The renowned accolade, which has been won in the past by Grand Prix winners David Coulthard and Jenson Button, is one of the most prestigious in motor racing and after finishing third in the 2007 Formula Renault UK Championship with four victories, many believe Will is more than deserving of a place in the finalists line-up.
"Obviously it'd be good to win the Autumn Trophy and we'll be doing all we can to make that happen", added Will, "But my main aim is to make sure we score the most points of any driver this weekend for the McLaren Autosport BRDC Award 'shoot-out'. That's why we're all here, to be a finalist in such a prestigious contest would be absolutely fantastic."
Will and his fellow competitors have the benefit of a further practice session tomorrow, Saturday, 3rd November, at 09.00 with qualifying for the weekend's three races scheduled to take place at 10.35, 12.25 and 14.25. The race action, which will determine the sixth McLaren Autosport BRDC Award finalist and the FPA Autumn Trophy Champion, takes place on Sunday, 4th November.