BRATT SHUNTED OUT OF BAHRAIN RACE TWO British GP2 Asia Series racer Will Bratt endured a disappointing conclusion to his weekend's racing in Bahrain this morning, Saturday, 27th February, after being shunted out of the sixth round of...
BRATT SHUNTED OUT OF BAHRAIN RACE TWO
British GP2 Asia Series racer Will Bratt endured a disappointing conclusion to his weekend's racing in Bahrain this morning, Saturday, 27th February, after being shunted out of the sixth round of the 2009/2010 season.
The talented Banbury-based driver, who lined up 16th on the grid for the 23-lap Sprint Race at Sakhir, made a customarily strong getaway and avoided any trouble during an extremely busy opening lap to gain two positions in quick succession.
Soon taking 13th place, the Party Poker Racing.com Scuderia Coloni driver gained another spot at the expense of the fast-starting Alexander Rossi on lap two to move into the top 12 and looked well on course to make continued progress.
Holding 12th position into lap three, Will's hopes were then shattered when Rossi ploughed into the back of his Renault-powered Dallara into Turn 1 -- the American having already made contact with Fabio Leimer under braking for the corner.
Unsurprisingly disappointed with the outcome to round six, Will said: "Clearly I'm not happy with how my race ended. I'd moved up the order four positions in just the first two laps and everything was well set for a good run. The crucial thing was that I'd been careful with my rear tyres, I'd really looked after them, so we would have been very strong later in the race again.
"It's such a shame we had the contact from (Alexander) Rossi as we would have been on for a finish well inside the top 10 today, possibly as high as the top eight. For sure, we deserve some better luck for the final two rounds when we come back to Bahrain in a fortnight."
Heading into this weekend's action, Will lay in 197th position out of the world's top 2,000 international race and rally drivers in the prestigious Castrol Driver Rankings -- a listing currently headed by 2009 Formula One World Champion Jenson Button.
Although he was forced into retirement in today's GP2 Asia encounter, Will's performance during round five on Friday could well mean he climbs the table yet further when the updated rankings are revealed on Monday morning.
Will now heads into a two week break ahead of, potentially, the biggest race meeting of his career on 13th/14th March when the GP2 Asia Series returns to Bahrain International Circuit for the season finale, supporting the opening Grand Prix of the 2010 FIA Formula One World Championship.
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