EUROSERIES 3000: BRATT CLINCHES HIS MAIDEN WIN IN ZOLDER RACE 2 The belgian venue of Zolder saw the complete growth of Will Bratt. The british driver, indeed, maximized the experienced gained in the races contested so far with a shining win...
EUROSERIES 3000: BRATT CLINCHES HIS MAIDEN WIN IN ZOLDER RACE 2
The belgian venue of Zolder saw the complete growth of Will Bratt. The british driver, indeed, maximized the experienced gained in the races contested so far with a shining win in the second race. A great achievement for him and for the whole De Villota team, whose engineers worked really hard in order to fix in less than two hours the car damaged in the morning race. The brit had a great start from the pole position, following by a storming Fabio Onidi that passed from 5th to second position in the first corner. They were followed by Sistos, Crestani, Hanley, the Gonzalez-Bonanomi duo, with the Venezuelan able to overtake his team mate immediately, and Francesco Dracone closing the group.
The fight was on also on the second lap, when Crestani overtook Sistos while braking for the first corner. The young mexican driver, author of a good first lap, tried to react but he touched the kerb with a rear wheel and spun into the tire wall bouncing back on track, luckily without being hit by any other competitor. The Lola B05/52 confirmed his safety and toughness allowing Juan Carlos to walk away unscathed, but the debris on track forced the stewards to send the Safety-Car in for four laps.
At the restart Bratt set off well and gained ground on Onidi lap after lap. Behind him, Hanley started to put pression on Crestani, but the TP Racing driver, in better shape compared to the morning race, raised his pace and went away, leaving the brit to face the menace of Gonzalez and Bonanomi. Rodolfo's race was ruined by a spin on the 20th lap, that leaved him in sixth position till the end of the race. The final laps saw a storming Bonanomi coming right at the tail of Hanley, but the Italian decided not to risk an overtaking manouver because of the dirt that made the track very slippery off the racing line.
Worth of note, Will Bratt is the sixth different winner in six Euroseries races held, making the championship organized by Enzo Coloni one of the hardest fought series in Europe.
Will Bratt: "I'm really happy. I was awaiting this victory from 2007, but misfortune had stopped me too many times. It was a hard race because after the restart I was racing against myself, looking only at the time's screen on my driving wheel because I wasn't able to see the team sign on the pit wall. Now I want to win again in Valencia". Fabio Onidi: "I took the best I could from this race. I'm very happy about the start, I chose the right side and I passed in second position, while Crestani was blocked. On the contrary, I'm not happy about the restart. The Safety-Car didn't follow the standard procedure and let us pass well before the pit lane entry. I was caught out and Will took a great advantage".
Fabrizio Crestani: "I had a good start, but the guys in front were on my line so I had to slow down; it's a pity because 2nd place was at hand. I'm happy about the podium, but the weekend as a whole isn't satisfying for me. The time we lost in the second session of practice ruined our qualifying and in Zolder everything in more difficult when starting from behind".