BRATT'S TITLE PUSH GATHERS MOMENTUM AT DONINGTON Triple race winner Will Bratt saw his Formula Renault UK title campaign continue to gather momentum at Donington Park National Circuit today during the 11th and 12th rounds of the season, the...
BRATT'S TITLE PUSH GATHERS MOMENTUM AT DONINGTON
Triple race winner Will Bratt saw his Formula Renault UK title campaign continue to gather momentum at Donington Park National Circuit today during the 11th and 12th rounds of the season, the Apotex Scorpio Motorsport sensation moving into the championship top three for the first time in his career with yet another podium result.
Having qualified fifth on the grid for both of today's races, the 19-year-old was confident he would be able to challenge for a podium result but with heavy rain affecting the first encounter this morning, the race was red flagged and declared a result after just four racing laps meaning Will didn't have time to make the inroads he wanted to.
Round 12, however, was a different story and on a track surface which was almost completely dry, Will immediately started to show the pace and performance which has seen him take three race victories and two pole positions so far this season.
Quickly moving up into fourth place after a good start, Will started to chase down Duncan Tappy in third position and on the second tour of the scheduled 16-lap race, the Adderbury teenager produced a great late-braking move at Goddards Chicane to move into the top three.
Pulling away from Tappy, Will also started to reel in second-placed Riki Christodoulou and began to trade fastest laps. Into McLeans on the ninth lap, the University of Oxford scholar was right under the rear wing of Christodoulou's car but just unable to make a decisive pass.
At this point rain began to fall but the real drama would follow on lap 12 when Christodoulou crashed out of the race at Coppice Corner after colliding with the stranded car of Paul Rees. All of the drivers started to experience some grip issues due to the onset of the light rain but the incident at Coppice resulted in the red flags being shown.
Declared a result after 11 laps, Will took second position -- his fifth podium finish of the season -- and is now nine-points clear in third place in the 2007 Formula Renault UK Championship standings with eight more races to run this season.
The Oxon racer's 48-point haul from the weekend's action also helps consolidate third place in the Entrants Championship table for Loughborough-based Apotex Scorpio, the team continuing to cement its status as a genuine front-running outfit.
Commenting on his second place in round 12, Will said: "It was quite a lot of fun out there and I enjoyed the racing today, when the rain started to fall towards the end of the race it became very tricky but I'm happy to finish in second place and to be back on the podium again.
"At Coppice there was a lot of water towards the end, Riki (Christodoulou) went flying off and I nearly did too but managed to catch the car and then Duncan (Tappy) managed to get a run on me into the chicane but on count-back because of the red flags we were second so I'm happy!"
He added: "Obviously the first race never really got going properly for us, I'm confident we could have challenged for a podium in the wet but we never had the true chance to try in the end because of the early stoppage. We're third in the championship now which is great, I think the second half of the season could be my half and we'll be strong."
On the podium at every one of the last three race meetings, Will heads to Snetterton Circuit two weeks from now, 28th/29th July, high in confidence but before then there will be an official test day at the Norfolk track this coming Thursday, 19th July.
Provisional 2007 Formula Renault UK Championship Standings (after Rd12) 1st Dean Smith, 342pts; 2nd Duncan Tappy, 327pts; 3rd Will Bratt, 251