Will Bratt heads to his 'home' race meeting at Silverstone National Circuit next weekend, 14th/15th October, aiming to conclude the 2006 Formula Renault UK Championship in style with the chance to secure his third podium of the year a realistic ...
Will Bratt heads to his 'home' race meeting at Silverstone National Circuit next weekend, 14th/15th October, aiming to conclude the 2006 Formula Renault UK Championship in style with the chance to secure his third podium of the year a realistic prospect.
The 18-year-old, from Adderbury near Banbury, will have his work cut-out though and especially so during the first of the weekend's two races due to the fact he will be forced to miss Saturday's round 19 qualifying session because of commitments away from the track at the University of Oxford.
Having officially begun his degree course in History at the University's Lincoln College on Monday, Will is duty-bound to attend a special Matriculation Ceremony next Saturday morning, 14th October, and will therefore miss the first 20-minute qualifying session which is expected to get underway at 09.35.
Marking the Oxon teenager's full incorporation into the University of Oxford, Will has no choice other than to forfeit his participation in round 19 qualifying. It is hoped, however, the Scorpio Motorsport ace will be permitted to take part in the first race from the back of the grid thanks to special dispensation from the Renault Clerk of the Course.
No such problems will exist for the round 20 qualifying session though, and having posted the eighth fastest time in official testing at Silverstone National Circuit in August, the Apotex Pharmaceuticals-backed star is confident, on newer tyres, he will be one of the pace-setting drivers during the championship finale in a little over a week's time.
"I'm really looking forward to Silverstone", said Will, "It's good the final two races of the season will be at my home circuit but it's going to be a very busy weekend both on and off the track.
"Obviously, my University commitments have huge importance and it's just unfortunate the ceremony clashes with round 19 qualifying. Silverstone National is the kind of track where there are a few overtaking opportunities though so hopefully we'll be able to come through the order in the first race."
Will added: "We always go into the race weekends confident and as we were reasonably quick in testing at Silverstone a couple of months ago, I think we stand a great chance of a good result in the final race. We were only three 10ths of a second off the pace in the test and that was using old tyres so on newer rubber we should go well."
Even though his final race meeting of the season will be compromised to a certain extent due to the fact he will miss the first qualifying period of the weekend, Will still aims to challenge for the top seven in the driver standings safe in the knowledge eighth position in the championship is all but guaranteed.
The series competitors will take part in two pre-event test sessions on Friday, 13th October, and although missing round 19 qualifying on Saturday morning, Will is set to return to the track for round 20 qualifying later in the afternoon at 15.05.
Both races are then scheduled to take place on Sunday, 15th October, with round 19 getting underway at 09.00 and the final race of the season expected to commence at 14.05. All of the race action will be broadcast live on Motors TV, channel 413 of the Sky Digital platform and through cable provider NTL on channel 545.