TWO WINS OUT OF THREE FOR IMPRESSIVE BRATT IN VALENCIA Banbury-based racing driver Will Bratt sealed his second victory of the weekend at Valencia in Spain this afternoon, Sunday, 13th September, to move into equal third position in the ...
TWO WINS OUT OF THREE FOR IMPRESSIVE BRATT IN VALENCIA
Banbury-based racing driver Will Bratt sealed his second victory of the weekend at Valencia in Spain this afternoon, Sunday, 13th September, to move into equal third position in the PartyPokerRacing.it Euroseries 3000 Championship with an outstanding drive during the ninth round of the campaign.
Following on from an excellent lights-to-flag win during round seven on Saturday, the 21-year-old produced another memorable performance earlier this afternoon in the third of a trio of races at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit to secure win number three of the season in fine style.
Lining up fourth on the grid, Will was leapfrogged by an extremely fast starting Rodolfo Gonzalez but the Banbury-based driver hit back instantly by passing the four cars ahead before they headed into the second corner to take a lead which he held all the way to the chequered flag on lap 23. As on Saturday, he just missed out on the bonus point for fastest lap by a mere four 100ths of a second.
Including his maiden Euroseries 3000 victory at Zolder in Belgium during the previous event three weeks ago, Will has now won three of the last four races and is certainly in the ascendancy in terms of the title battle with just eight points now separating him from current series leader Fabio Onidi.
"To win two out of three races this weekend is fantastic", said Will, "I'm absolutely delighted with how things have gone and although it was disappointing we couldn't fight for the podium in the second race, to move into third in the championship caps everything off brilliantly."
During this morning's eighth round, Will started from second on the grid but his car wasn't able to get away from the line as well as he wanted. Subsequent contact from Onidi forced Will onto the grass and while the incident meant the EmiliodeVillota.com Motorsport racer dropped to sixth position, the clash also resulted in damage to his Zytek-powered Lola. He finished in fifth place.
Will added: "This morning's race was very disappointing, the contact from (Fabio) Onidi at the start caused some damage and we had a few other issues with the car but the team did a tremendous job to resolve the problems in time for race three to give me a car capable of winning again."
No sooner has the fourth race meeting of the season been concluded than the Euroseries 3000 Championship will be back in action with rounds 10 and 11 of the 2009 season taking place this coming weekend, 19th/20th September, at Vallelunga in Italy.
Will cannot wait to be back in action as the season heads towards its finale although he does recognise some of his chief championship rivals will have a distinct advantage racing at home in Italy, especially with Vallelunga another circuit the Briton has never visited before.
"Obviously we don't know the circuit at Vallelunga and we're fighting for the championship against three Italian drivers (Onidi, Marco Bonanomi and Fabrizio Crestani) so we'll be up against it", he said, "It'll be a tough challenge but we'll be trying as hard as ever to do the best we possibly can. The title battle is incredibly close, we need another strong weekend like this one -- that's the aim."
Along with the prestige of becoming 2009 PartyPokerRacing.it Euroseries 3000 Champion, whoever wins the title when the series concludes in October will also earn a fully funded drive in the upcoming GP2 Asia Series with the Scuderia Coloni squad -- a potential springboard to the main GP2 Series in 2010.
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|Drivers||Rodolfo Gonzalez , Fabio Onidi , Fabrizio Crestani , Will Bratt|