MORE TO COME IN QUALIFYING SAYS BRATT AFTER BRANDS TEST Will Bratt is confident tomorrow's first two qualifying sessions of the Formula Renault UK season will see a step-forward for the whole Scorpio Motorsport team after declaring himself very...
MORE TO COME IN QUALIFYING SAYS BRATT AFTER BRANDS TEST
Will Bratt is confident tomorrow's first two qualifying sessions of the Formula Renault UK season will see a step-forward for the whole Scorpio Motorsport team after declaring himself very happy with his car set-up during pre-event testing at Brands Hatch today.
The Kent venue's 1.2-mile Indy configuration hosts rounds one and two of the 2006 championship on Sunday and with overtaking always at a premium on the short layout, qualifying strongly will be critical if Will hopes to push for a good points-scoring start to the new season.
During today's first 45 minutes of testing, Will produced a best lap of 44.940 seconds (98.22mph) to end the session just three 10ths of a second outside the fastest time set by pre-season championship favourite Sebastian Hohenthal.
In the afternoon session, Will was unable to improve on his morning's best but the Adderbury 17-year-old was happy nonetheless and is now looking forward to producing a strong qualifying performance tomorrow ahead of Sunday's two races.
"We're reasonably happy with things after today's test", said Will, "I'm actually very happy with the set-up of the car and I'm confident tomorrow will be good for us, it's essential we qualify strongly on a circuit like Brands Hatch Indy as overtaking is always difficult here.
"We missed the sweet-spot of our new tyres again today which was a shame. If we had been able to get a flying lap on fresh rubber it would have lifted us much higher up the timesheets. We're not overly concerned though as the car is feeling good and I'm looking forward to seeing what we can achieve in qualifying tomorrow."
During the first of two days of official pre-season testing at Brands Hatch Indy Circuit last month, Will produced a time of 44.520 seconds (99.15mph). Had he managed to find the same kind of pace today it would have placed him fourth on the timesheets so the team has reason to be confident ahead of the weekend.
Round one qualifying will take place at 10.20 tomorrow morning, Saturday, 8th April, with the second 20-minute session, which will determine the grid for round two, scheduled to begin at 14.40.
Both races, which will be broadcast live on Motors TV, channel 413 of the Sky Digital platform, will then take place on Sunday, 9th April. Round one is set to commence at 11.55 with round two expected to get underway at 16.30.