GP2 RACE DEBUT AWAITS BRATT IN ABU DHABI THIS WEEKEND Recently crowned Euroseries 3000 Champion Will Bratt heads into the most high profile event of his career this weekend, 31st October/1st November, when he makes his GP2 Asia Series race debut...
GP2 RACE DEBUT AWAITS BRATT IN ABU DHABI THIS WEEKEND
Recently crowned Euroseries 3000 Champion Will Bratt heads into the most high profile event of his career this weekend, 31st October/1st November, when he makes his GP2 Asia Series race debut at the brand new Yas Marina Circuit as support to the 2009 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Preparing to compete as part of an FIA Formula One World Championship race weekend for only the second time, but the first at the wheel of a Renault-powered GP2 machine, the Banbury racer joins experienced GP2 driver Roldan Rodriguez in the Party Poker Racing.com Scuderia Coloni squad.
Will tested with Paolo Coloni's eponymous team for the first time at Jerez in Spain earlier this month prior to winning the 2009 Party Poker Racing Euroseries 3000 title and his drive in GP2, a prize worth a cool 500,000 Euros.
Just days after clinching his second car racing championship, the 21-year-old returned to the cockpit of one of Coloni's GP2 cars for a two-day test outing in Abu Dhabi on Friday, 23rd October, and Saturday, 24th October. Will's best performance came on the opening day where he was an excellent 11th fastest, less than 0.040 seconds shy of the coveted top 10.
Now, the Briton is preparing to return to the Middle East for his maiden race weekend as a GP2 Asia Series driver which will commence with a 30-minute practice session on Friday, 30th October, as part of the spectacular F1 season finale.
"We're not going into the weekend with unrealistic expectations", said Will, "GP2 is incredibly tough with outstanding teams and very quick drivers. Every racer in GP2 is there because it's the best feeder series for Formula One -- we each have the same goal.
"I've enjoyed working with Paolo's team so far during the first couple of tests and if we can qualify competitively on Friday and then have two consistent races I'll be happy. We need to make sure we learn as much as possible this weekend and lay down some strong foundations on which we can build during the rest of the championship."
He added: "Yas Marina is a great circuit but the most incredible aspect of the place is the fact you're in a city in the middle of the desert. It's quite surreal and not something I've been used to in my career so far! Being in GP2 is a goal achieved so the next target is to be as competitive as possible."
Pre-event practice at the Yas Marina Circuit will take place at 10.30, local time, on Friday with qualifying following at 14.55. Round one of the 2009 GP2 Asia Series will get underway at 11.00 on Saturday, 31st October, and will be contested over a distance of 33 laps. On Sunday, 1st November, the 22 lap second round is scheduled to commence at 13.30.
Television coverage of both encounters will be screened in the UK on Sky Digital and Virgin Media channel British Eurosport. Round one is currently scheduled to be screened at 12.00, UK time, on Saturday with round two set to be broadcast live at 09.30, UK time, on Sunday -- check listings for further information.