STRONG F2 DEBUT FOR BRATT AT SILVERSTONE GP FIA Formula 2 Championship debutant Will Bratt delivered a highly competitive performance during the first two rounds of the 2010 season at Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit yesterday, Sunday, 18th April,...
STRONG F2 DEBUT FOR BRATT AT SILVERSTONE GP
FIA Formula 2 Championship debutant Will Bratt delivered a highly competitive performance during the first two rounds of the 2010 season at Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit yesterday, Sunday, 18th April, to leave his home event fifth in the driver standings.
Finishing sixth during the opening 23-lap race at the Northamptonshire venue, the 2009 Party Poker Racing Euroseries 3000 Champion went on to secure an improved top five result in race two to get his F2 campaign off to a very solid start.
Although both encounters were fairly uneventful for Will in terms of wheel-to-wheel action, the Banbury-based 22-year-old produced excellent pace. Impressing greatly with his speed, especially during the latter stages as tyre wear became a factor, he was within half a second of the outright pace in rounds one and two.
"I'm fairly pleased with the start we've made to the championship, there's still a lot more to come but two top six finishes is a decent way to kick-off the season", said Will, "Obviously I'd have liked to have challenged for the podium but we weren't all that far away. We hadn't had much time in the car at all before this weekend so, all in all, I'm reasonably satisfied with the results."
During qualifying on Saturday, 17th April, Will lapped with a best time of 1m37.390 seconds (190.03km/h) in the round one session to secure sixth on the grid for the first race. In the round two period, he was within just four 10ths of a second of pole position with a lap of 1m37.439 seconds to qualify seventh quickest.
Making a good start to his first ever F2 race, the British Racing Drivers' Club (BRDC) Rising Star held sixth position and moved into fifth through the fast sequence of corners at Becketts as Danish driver Johan Jokinen ran wide. Into Vale though, experienced Formula 2 driver Kazim Vasiliauskas pulled off a surprise pass to push Will back to sixth where he remained to the chequered flag on lap 23.
Lapping stronger and stronger as the race progressed, posting a fastest lap of 1m39.484 seconds on lap 18, Will pressured Vasiliauskas hard during the closing laps and crossed the line just eight 10ths of a second adrift.
At the start of round two the Oxon racer held on to seventh position under major pressure from Sergei Afanasiev and after fending off the attentions of the Russian, Will set about challenging sixth placed Jokinen.
In the space of the next two laps though, Will moved up to fifth at the expense of Tom Gladdis and Dean Stoneman -- the former spinning off and the latter retiring. Remaining in fifth to the flag, he ended round two just 0.9 seconds behind Jack Clarke and with a best lap of 1m39.353 seconds.
There is now a two-week break in the Formula 2 calendar with rounds three and four of the 2010 season taking place on 1st/2nd May at the Marrakech street circuit in Morocco. The event will mark F2's first appearance of 2010 on the FIA World Touring Car Championship support package and will be preceded by a special Formula 2 street parade in Marrakech on Thursday, 29th April.
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