PRE-SEASON TESTING BOOST FOR BRATT AND SCORPIO With just a fortnight to go until the first official Formula Renault UK group test of 2007, confidence is high within the Scorpio Motorsport camp for a strong championship challenge as lead driver...
PRE-SEASON TESTING BOOST FOR BRATT AND SCORPIO
With just a fortnight to go until the first official Formula Renault UK group test of 2007, confidence is high within the Scorpio Motorsport camp for a strong championship challenge as lead driver Will Bratt continues to set the pace in pre-season testing.
At Donington Park National Circuit yesterday (Wednesday, 14th February) the Adderbury 18-year-old enjoyed his first real dry running of the pre-season and, combined with highly competitive wet-weather pace which he has shown during recent weeks, Will has confirmed his status as genuine title prospect.
With an outing at Snetterton Circuit in Norfolk last week affected by snow, the Apotex UK sponsored teenager was looking forward to yesterday's Donington test to see if his dry weather pace could match the impressive speed he has shown in the wet and both team and driver were certainly not disappointed.
After topping the unofficial times during the morning on the damp 1.95-mile layout with some incredibly fast lap times, Will headed into the afternoon brimming with confidence and although an accident at the Old Hairpin forced him to switch from his new car to the chassis he used during 2006, the Oxon ace continued to impress.
"We've been very pleased with our preparations so far and the new car is certainly feeling very nicely balanced and quick", said Will, "It's obviously a shame we had the accident at the Old Hairpin but it was just one of those things. We were instantly fast again in the old car so we're all feeling very confident ahead of official testing.
"Having been on the top step of the podium last year, I'm hungry for more race wins this season and we genuinely believe we stand a great chance of being among the top three or four drivers challenging for the championship. There are some quick drivers to beat but we know we have a great package and the ability to push for the title this season."
With one more 'unofficial' test scheduled for Will at Rockingham Motor Speedway a week today, Thursday, 22nd February, Scorpio will join the remainder of the Formula Renault UK teams at the Northamptonshire circuit the following week for the first official two-day test of the pre-season on Thursday, 1st March, and Friday, 2nd March.
It has also been confirmed this week the BP 102 Celebrity Kart Challenge, which saw Will return to his racing roots in a bid to raise money for charity, will be screened on ITV2 at 17.00 on Sunday, 18th March.
The event, which took place at the Autosport International Show at Birmingham NEC in January, will also be broadcast on digital satellite and cable channel Motors TV at 19.30 on Monday, 26th March.