BRATT TO START ON THIRD ROW FOR BOTH DONINGTON GP RACES Formula Renault UK title contender Will Bratt is to line up on the third row of the grid for both of tomorrow's championship races at Donington Park Grand Prix Circuit, the 19-year-old...
BRATT TO START ON THIRD ROW FOR BOTH DONINGTON GP RACES
Formula Renault UK title contender Will Bratt is to line up on the third row of the grid for both of tomorrow's championship races at Donington Park Grand Prix Circuit, the 19-year-old facing a tough challenge to achieve his aim of a double podium finish.
Adderbury-based Will, who is receiving additional support this weekend from Nottingham software company Serif (Europe) Ltd, headed into this afternoon's 20-minute qualifying session brimming with confidence after topping the pre-event official testing timesheets on Wednesday in his Apotex Scorpio Motorsport car.
Although posting competitive times during today's session, the Oxon sensation did have some problems with understeer and particularly so through the slower-speed hairpin turns at Melbourne and Goddards.
Lapping with a best time of 1m 29.499 seconds (161.8kph) to secure a top six start for Sunday's morning's 17th round of the season, consistency enabled the University of Oxford scholar to also achieve sixth on the grid for round 18 with his second quickest time, a lap of 1m 29.545 seconds.
Frustrated to have been unable to secure a front row start for the penultimate pair of races of the 2007 campaign, Will is nonetheless confident he can mount a bid for podium results on the renowned Grand Prix configuration of the Leicestershire venue and is looking forward to competing in-front of an expected crowd of around 100,000 spectators, especially as it's Loughborough-based Apotex Scorpio's home track.
Along with the huge public attendance, Will is also set to race in-front of scores of guests from new sponsor Serif (Europe) Ltd and team partner Apotex UK Ltd with large numbers of corporate clients set to attend tomorrow's action to cheer-on the single-seater sensation.
"I'm not happy to be sixth on the grid for both races but we still have a chance to fight for the podium from there I think, I'll be racing as hard as possible", said Will, "It's not great for our championship hopes but you never know what can happen. I'm confident we'll be able to make a good start and if we can gain a couple of places on lap one, podiums are possible.
"It's annoying we haven't quite had the pace today, the car just had too much understeer at Melbourne Hairpin and Goddards. We need to look forward to Sunday's races now though and focus on achieving the maximum possible. It's an important weekend for me, Apotex Scorpio and Serif so I'm hopeful we can take some good results from the event."
Round 17 of the 2007 Formula Renault UK Championship is scheduled to start at 09.00 tomorrow, Sunday, 9th September, with round 18 expected to begin at approximately 15.55.