MAGNY-COURS FIGHTBACK BAGS BRATT DESERVED TOP 10 Will Bratt managed to convert a disappointing qualifying run ahead of the 10th and 11th rounds of the 2008 FIAT Spanish Formula 3 Championship into a top 10 points-scoring finish at the Circuit de...
MAGNY-COURS FIGHTBACK BAGS BRATT DESERVED TOP 10
Will Bratt managed to convert a disappointing qualifying run ahead of the 10th and 11th rounds of the 2008 FIAT Spanish Formula 3 Championship into a top 10 points-scoring finish at the Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours in France today, Sunday, 21st September.
The weekend started very promisingly for the 20-year-old British Racing Drivers' Club (BRDC) Rising Star during testing on Friday, 19th September, as he concluded the day fourth fastest on overall times during his maiden appearance at the track.
Lining up an uncharacteristic 18th on the grid for round 10 after difficulties during qualifying on Saturday, Banbury-based Will headed into his first ever race at Magny-Cours with a huge challenge ahead of him but he ran very impressively to achieve a top 10.
Lapping well throughout, the EmiliodeVillota.com Motorsport racer climbed from the ninth row of the grid with some excellent overtaking and could have actually reached the heights of the top six had he not endured a high-speed spin part way through the race.
Even so, to add to his points tally having started so far down the order was noteworthy and gave Will a timely confidence boost ahead of the 11th round of the season which he would start in his finishing position from the first encounter, 10th place.
Unfortunately for the Oxon driver, damage to his front-wing at the Adelaide Hairpin on the opening lap as the field bunched up resulted in problems and he ended the race down in 18th position. At the point of the incident, Will was challenging for eighth position and looked well placed.
His best lap of the second encounter, 1m 37.942 seconds, was comparable with the pace of podium finishers Nicola De Marco and Adrian Campos Suner.
Speaking on the weekend, Will said: "It's been disappointing as things looked pretty good after setting the fourth fastest time in testing on Friday. Qualifying wasn't good at all but I was pleased to get a top 10 from 18th on the grid.
"It could have been a top six but I had a high-speed spin so that was a bit of a missed opportunity as sixth place would have given us the reverse-grid pole position for the second race. I made an average start to race two, got up to about eighth place and then had contact at the hairpin which damaged the front of my car. It's unfortunate."
Maintaining 10th position in the driver standings, Will's Spanish F3 focus now turns to the 12th and 13th rounds of the season which take place next weekend, 27th/28th September, at Valencia in Spain.