BRATT SECURES GOOD HAUL OF POINTS AT THRUXTON Will Bratt gathered a healthy haul of championship points at Thruxton today, Sunday, 6th May, during the fifth and sixth rounds of the Formula Renault UK season having raced strongly in both...
BRATT SECURES GOOD HAUL OF POINTS AT THRUXTON
Will Bratt gathered a healthy haul of championship points at Thruxton today, Sunday, 6th May, during the fifth and sixth rounds of the Formula Renault UK season having raced strongly in both encounters from lower than expected grid positions.
While qualifying didn't bring quite the performance the Adderbury 19-year-old had been expecting following a promising test at Thruxton a few weeks ago, he impressed inboth of the weekend's races -- particularly round five -- to remain in seventh position in the driver standings.
After qualifying sixth on the grid for the first of today's races, Will made a good start and after gaining a place on the opening lap he then passed Jeremy Metcalfe on the run through Allard at the start of lap three to comfortably move into the top four and finish 'best of the rest' behind a podium lock-out for reigning champion entrant Fortec.
Round six saw Will start a position further back in seventh place and after another good getaway, the Apotex Scorpio Motorsport star started to pressurise sixth-placed Richard Singleton and managed to find a way past the Welshman on lap two.
Two tours of the 2.35-mile Hampshire venue later, Will began to extend his lead over Singleton and started to catch fourth-placed Adam Christodoulou as the race passed mid-distance. But as the gap ahead closed-up, so did the space between Will and the pursuing Manor Competition car of Singleton.
At the end of lap 12, Will lost fifth position into the chicane but he wouldn't let Singleton get away and on the 16th and final lap the pair crossed the line just a 10th of a second apart as Will benefited from good drive out of the chicane to just miss out on the top five.
"It's been a fairly good weekend but I did think we would be able to challenge for the podium here so I am a bit disappointed", said Will, "If we had been able to find more speed during qualifying perhaps that would have been achievable but to come away with top four and top six results isn't too bad.
"We do have work to do to challenge more consistently for the podium but I'm confident we'll achieve that aim sooner rather than later. Considering we got taken out of one of the Rockingham races and had a bad result in the second race at Brands Hatch, to be seventh in the championship isn't too bad."
There is now a four week break ahead of the seventh and eighth rounds of the Formula Renault UK Championship which will take place at Croft Circuit in North Yorkshire on 2nd/3rd June.
While regular pre-event testing will take place on Friday, 1st June, competitors will also have the benefit of a day of exclusive Formula Renault UK testing on Wednesday, 16th May, at the North Yorkshire venue. An additional shared day of testing will be held on Thursday, 17th May.