Scorpio Motorsport's Will Bratt heads to Oulton Park Island Circuit in 10 days with the very real prospect of a career-best Formula Renault UK result there for the taking, having set the fourth fastest time in official testing at the Cheshire...
Scorpio Motorsport's Will Bratt heads to Oulton Park Island Circuit in 10 days with the very real prospect of a career-best Formula Renault UK result there for the taking, having set the fourth fastest time in official testing at the Cheshire venue last week.
The Adderbury 18-year-old, backed this year by Apotex Pharmaceuticals, impressed the established order at Brands Hatch Indy Circuit during the first two rounds of the season with a pair of particularly impressive drives and is now aiming to better the fifth-place race finish he achieved during last November's Winter Championship.
Continuing to combine racing with his vital final year of A-level studies at Bloxham School near Banbury, Will has shone so far during 2006 and is now rightly regarded as a true frontrunner and a driver with the undoubted potential to record a maiden podium finish this season.
Oulton Park Island Circuit was the venue for one of Will's best performances during the 2005 Formula Renault UK Championship and with last week's official test having seen him set a quickest lap just six 10ths of a second shy of the outright pace, it's certainly not an unrealistic ambition for Will to strive for a top four finish when the series resumes.
Commenting on his chances ahead of the third and fourth rounds of the season, the Oxon ace said: "I'm looking forward to Oulton Park, I'm particularly confident through the quick corners and I think we can be optimistic about our hopes for the two races.
"We've got a bit of work to do to try and stay inside the top four as there are plenty of very good drivers in the championship. Having said that, we know there are some minor changes we can make to the car which will find more time so we're looking to be very competitive next weekend.
"To have been ahead of so many quick drivers in the official test certainly boosted our confidence and is an indication of the progress we've made. I'm pretty excited about our prospects for Oulton Park and hopeful of a good result but I recognise we can't afford to relax and that's how we're approaching things."
While the Formula Renault UK regulars will benefit from two sessions of pre-race testing on Friday, 12th May, Will needs to miss the first period due to an A-level exam and will therefore be at a slight disadvantage with regard to track time ahead of the race weekend itself.
Qualifying and the third round of the season will take place on Saturday, 13th May, while round four -- which is set to be broadcast live on digital satellite station Motors TV -- is scheduled to commence at 15.00 on Sunday, 14th May. Motors TV is available through channel 413 of the Sky Digital platform.