BRATT TO START FINAL RACE OF SEASON FROM SECOND ROW Scorpio Motorsport's Will Bratt is to start the 20th and final round of the 2006 Formula Renault UK Championship from an excellent fourth place on the grid after a competitive run during ...
BRATT TO START FINAL RACE OF SEASON FROM SECOND ROW
Scorpio Motorsport's Will Bratt is to start the 20th and final round of the 2006 Formula Renault UK Championship from an excellent fourth place on the grid after a competitive run during qualifying at Silverstone National Circuit this afternoon.
The 18-year-old, who was forced to miss the earlier round 19 qualifying session due to his attendance at the University of Oxford for a special Matriculation Ceremony, made the most of the second period to post a fastest lap of 55.125 seconds (107.03mph).
Placing him a superb fourth on the grid, Will hopes to challenge for his third podium finish of the season during the second of tomorrow's races but knows he will have a very tough fight on his hands. The competitiveness of the championship was certainly underlined in round 20 qualifying with the top 22 drivers all within just one second.
"It would have been nice to have qualified on the front row but fourth on the grid is good and I am looking forward to the race", said the Apotex Pharmaceuticals-backed star after the second 20-minute session.
"To be honest though, raceday will be tough. We did have some understeer and oversteer issues in qualifying and having missed the first session we obviously have a very big battle on our hands in the first race tomorrow, starting from the back.
"We should be able to challenge for a good points finish in the final round but I think it will be hard to keep some of the other fast drivers behind us. If we can get the car working well in the first race though, I'm fairly happy we'll be able to end the season on a high in round 20."
At his 'home' circuit for the championship finale, Adderbury-based Will is hoping for a grandstand finish to his season and heading into tomorrow's 19th and 20th rounds he is eighth overall in the driver standings with the opportunity to conclude his second year in the formula in the top seven.
Having missed the first of the day's two qualifying sessions though, to determine the grid for Sunday morning's round 19, Will is to line-up at the tail of the field in 31st position and will have worked wonders if he manages to climb into a points-paying position in the top 20 by the time the chequered flag falls.
Round 19 will begin the day's action at Silverstone at 09.00 with the 20th and final round of the season expected to get underway at 14.15. With fog having delayed today's track activity by one and a half hours though, similar conditions tomorrow morning could result in an amended timetable.