FAIRYTALE WEEKEND FOR BRATT WITH VICTORY NUMBER TWO Will Bratt firmly hoisted himself into Formula Renault UK title contention at Croft Circuit in North Yorkshire this afternoon after scorching to his second win of the weekend during the eighth...
FAIRYTALE WEEKEND FOR BRATT WITH VICTORY NUMBER TWO
Will Bratt firmly hoisted himself into Formula Renault UK title contention at Croft Circuit in North Yorkshire this afternoon after scorching to his second win of the weekend during the eighth round of the campaign; a superb end to a truly memorable race meeting for the 19-year-old and his Apotex Scorpio Motorsport team.
In a near carbon-copy of Saturday's round seven, the Adderbury racer started today's 15-lap encounter from pole position -- having thoroughly dominated qualifying -- and a textbook getaway saw Will assume a lead he never looked likely to relinquish.
With fellow championship contender Dean Smith in close quarters for the duration of the race Will never had a single moment to relax, but a cool-headed and incredibly mature drive saw the Apotex Scorpio star achieve his second victory of the season and another 32-point haul which now sees him move into a clear fifth place in the driver standings.
"It doesn't get much better than this", said Will at the conclusion of round eight, "We've had the pace to win every weekend this year, and we had the pace to win at times last year too, but this is the weekend where everything has finally come together completely for us and it's an amazing feeling.
"To take two wins here has been fantastic but the biggest buzz for me was the way we achieved the double pole position in qualifying -- that was very satisfying. Everyone in the team knows we're capable of winning races and we've proven that. I want to thank all of the guys at Apotex Scorpio, we're confident this is the start of a good run for us."
Rapid pace, consistency and a terrific qualifying strategy from Apotex Scorpio bosses Jon Pettit and Tony Trevor all added together to make for an unforgettable weekend and now Will is confident more race victories will follow.
"Oulton Park is next for us in three weeks and that's where we won last year so we can hopefully repeat the same sort of form", added Will, "I want to go there and win both races again and I see no reason why we can't do that. It may be a bit tougher as I will miss the Friday test due to exams but I'm still sure we can do a good job there."
Although dogged by some bad luck during earlier rounds this season, Will and his Loughborough-based team genuinely feel they have now turned a corner with this weekend's supreme performance in which they truly proved to be the class of the field.
Speaking after round eight, Jon Pettitt said: "It's been the perfect weekend really, the whole team got the strategy of how we were going to go about qualifying absolutely spot on and then Will did a superb job in the car. We couldn't have asked for anything more.
"When it comes to leading a race Will doesn't get phased at all, the pressure just doesn't seem to cause him any problems. He drove faultlessly all weekend but we must take this momentum forward. It's also nice to beat Fortec (reigning champion entrant and current series leaders) in this way, we're the only team that has been able to do that this season so we take a lot of satisfaction from it."
Will's outstanding victory in Saturday's seventh round of the season also led to the Oxon teenager being awarded the THB Clowes Driver of the Day accolade.
The next two Formula Renault UK races of the season, rounds nine and 10, will take place three weeks from now on 23rd/24th June at Oulton Park Island Circuit in Cheshire, the venue for Will's maiden category win in 2006.