TOP FIVE START FOR BRATT IN BOTH DONINGTON ENCOUNTERS Apotex Scorpio Motorsport's Will Bratt believes he is in a good position to challenge for podium results at Donington Park tomorrow during the 11th and 12th rounds of the Formula Renault UK...
TOP FIVE START FOR BRATT IN BOTH DONINGTON ENCOUNTERS
Apotex Scorpio Motorsport's Will Bratt believes he is in a good position to challenge for podium results at Donington Park tomorrow during the 11th and 12th rounds of the Formula Renault UK season, having qualified inside the top five for both races.
During a brace of highly competitive qualifying sessions at the 1.96-mile Leicestershire venue earlier today, the 19-year-old looked as though he could be on the front row for both of Sunday's 16-lap races and in round 12 qualifying pole position was within his grasp until some graining on his left-front tyre negated his challenge.
Will's best lap during the second session, 1m 06.745 seconds (105.56mph), saw him miss out on the top spot by just 0.160 seconds while his best lap in round 11 qualifying was 1m 07.023 seconds (105.12mph), three 10ths of a second shy of the front row.
"We're disappointed to be on the third row for both races," said the Adderbury ace, "But I think we can still be on the podium and mount a strong challenge. We struggled a bit with the car in the windy conditions this morning but it felt much better for the second session, until we had some problems with graining on the front-left tyre.
"I was on pole about halfway through and in the top three heading into the last few minutes. It was always going to be about the last couple of laps and as everyone started to go a bit quicker, we weren't able to due to the problems with the tyre which meant I had lots of understeer."
Will added: "I'm sure we could have been on pole position again and that's what we wanted but we're all determined to get two good results tomorrow and if it rains as we expect it to, I think we'll be in good shape for a couple of podiums."
Round 11 of the 2007 Formula Renault UK season will take place tomorrow, Sunday, 15th July, at 10.40 with round 12 following at approximately 16.10. Both encounters will be screened live on cable and digital satellite subscription channel Setanta Sports 1.