BRATT CONCLUDES MAIDEN F3 TEST DELIGHTED WITH PROGRESS Will Bratt continued to acclimatise well to the FIAT Spanish Formula 3 Championship during his second day of testing in Valencia yesterday, Tuesday, 11th March -- the Banbury driver...
BRATT CONCLUDES MAIDEN F3 TEST DELIGHTED WITH PROGRESS
Will Bratt continued to acclimatise well to the FIAT Spanish Formula 3 Championship during his second day of testing in Valencia yesterday, Tuesday, 11th March -- the Banbury driver concluding the outing a highly impressive third fastest on the timesheets overall.
The 19-year-old, driving for EmiliodeVillota.com Motorsport, enjoyed an excellent debut on Monday at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit with the third fastest time. During day two he matched his placing but improved his performance after a highly promising run.
Will, who is graduating into the ranks of the FIAT Spanish F3 Championship this year from Formula Renault UK, lapped strongly during the opening session where he was actually second fastest and he repeated this placing in the last of the day's four test periods. During the middle two sessions, the team worked on set-up changes and variations to the car so he ended the day third overall.
"I think we're probably about half a second adrift of the pace we need to challenge for wins in the championship which isn't bad at all considering today was only my second ever outing in a Formula 3 car", said Will at the conclusion of his first ever two-day F3 test.
"We did have a small clutch problem but we managed to complete plenty of laps and did a good job. The conditions were much warmer and pleasant today, around 25 degrees, so that made the day's testing very enjoyable."
With the 2008 FIAT Spanish F3 Championship not actually getting underway until the first weekend in May, there is still plenty of time for Oxfordshire-based Will to undertake a more intensive test programme ahead of the new season.
Having been impressed by the professionalism of Emilio de Villota's team over the course of the last two days in Valencia, Will is looking forward to having the opportunity to race with the front-running squad in the Spanish F3 series this year.
He added: "The team is very smart, very professional and well organised and I'm very pleased with how the last two days have gone. Emilio and his guys know what they're doing. Obviously we haven't seen all of the 2008 drivers in action yet so we don't know the true picture but I'm feeling confident we're heading in the right direction."
Very keen to test again soon, it's likely Will could return to the track next week. There is a Spanish F3 test taking place on Monday, 17th March, at the Catalunya Circuit in Barcelona.