UK 2.0: Will Bratt Donington preview

Formula Renault UK star Will Bratt is aiming to replicate his Donington Park podium result from earlier in the season next weekend, 9th/10th September, when the category returns to the Leicestershire venue as support to the World Series by ...

Formula Renault UK star Will Bratt is aiming to replicate his Donington Park podium result from earlier in the season next weekend, 9th/10th September, when the category returns to the Leicestershire venue as support to the World Series by Renault.

With well over 50,000 spectators expected to attend the British round of the prestigious championship, the 18-year-old Scorpio Motorsport sensation is bidding to utilise Formula Renault UK's biggest meeting of the season to showcase his skills to an international audience and, hopefully, be in the running to challenge for his second win of the year.

In addition to the title battle itself, Will is also in contention for the Donington Park Racing Association Club (DPRAC) Cup -- a trophy which will be handed, at the conclusion of next weekend's meeting, to the British driver who has scored the most points across the four Formula Renault UK races which will have been contested at the circuit in 2006.

Rounds 11 and 12 of the season took place on Donington's National Circuit at the end of July and the British Touring Car Championship-supporting meeting saw the Adderbury teenager produce one of his best drives of the season to achieve his second ever Formula Renault UK podium, from fifth on the grid, during an exciting 12th round.

Added to the points he achieved in round 11, Will is currently ranked third among the drivers who are in with a chance of winning the DPRAC Cup, just three points shy of leading Brit James Sutton. Furthermore, Will is a highly creditable seventh in the main championship and keen to firmly establish himself inside the coveted top six.

"Obviously I'm looking forward to Donington as we've already shown this year we can be very competitive there", said Will ahead of next weekend's bumper event, "It's like any other race meeting though, we'll go there aiming to win and then see what we're able to achieve after testing and qualifying.

"The DPRAC Cup would be nice to do well in, if we could succeed in that it would show we've been able to beat the top British drivers. One of our main aims is to beat the likes of David (Epton; Scorpio team-mate), Jeremy Metcalfe, Sam Bird and James Sutton to ensure we're on everyone's radar next year and I think we do stand a very good chance.

"It's a strong likelihood Sam, James and Jeremy will be in the running for the McLaren Autosport BRDC Award at the end of the year so it'd be great to be up there with them, challenging for a couple of podiums, and maybe even a win, to help stake our claim."

While Formula Renault UK's previous visit to Donington Park just a month or so ago took place on the National Circuit, next weekend's World Series by Renault meeting will see competitors faced with the Grand Prix layout for the first time this year.

With in excess of 50,000 spectators expected through the gates over the course of the weekend, the race meeting is set to be Donington's second biggest of the season behind the British MotoGP event and almost certainly the circuit's largest car meeting of 2006.

"I do enjoy racing on the Grand Prix layout of the track although it is tricky to get right and demands quite a bit from a driver", added Will, "There are a couple of corners which are difficult to get absolutely spot-on but when you do it's very rewarding.

"It'll be a really good race meeting and I'm very much looking forward to it. There should be a crowd of over 50,000 which will be fantastic and we're looking forward to meeting so many people in the paddock. It really does promise to be something a bit special."

Official pre-event testing for the Formula Renault UK competitors will take place on Wednesday, 6th September, while qualifying will take place at approximately 13.25 on Saturday, 9th September. Unusually, the grid for both of the weekend's races will be determined from just one qualifying session which will be 20 minutes in duration.

Round 15 of the championship will get underway at 10.00 on Sunday, 10th September, with round 16 expected to start at 16.00. At this stage, no confirmation has been given regarding television coverage of the event.

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Series Formula Renault
Drivers Sam Bird , Jeremy Metcalfe , James Sutton , Will Bratt