Bratt to make Spanish F3 debut
British single-seater sensation Will Bratt is set to embark on the toughest challenge of his motor racing career this weekend, 3rd/4th May, when he makes his international race debut during the opening round of the 2008 FIAT Spanish Formula 3 Championship.Driving for the EmiliodeVillota.com Motorsport team, the 20-year-old racer from Banbury graduates to Spanish F3 from the ranks of Formula Renault UK where he finished third overall in the 2007 championship, taking four race victories along the way.While this weekend’s action is set to mark Will’s first run at the wheel of the team’s brand new FIAT-powered F308 Dallara chassis, the British Racing Drivers’ Club (BRDC) Rising Star is confident the package will be competitive.“I can’t wait for the weekend to start”, said Will, “It’s a really exciting prospect thinking I’ll be making my international race debut just a few days from now, I’m confident we’ll be able to challenge strongly. We’re certainly not underestimating the competition though as Spanish F3 looks like it’s going to be very tough this year.”Prior to the opening two races of the 2008 FIAT Spanish F3 Championship, Will has undertaken only a handful of tests in an older F306 chassis – four to be exact – but he has shown very impressive pace, emerging fastest at Jarama in March by an incredible six 10ths of a second during only his second ever Formula 3 run. “The few tests we have done have been good and although I haven’t had an opportunity to drive the new car, I’m confident I’ll be able to adapt very quickly”, added the Oxford University scholar, “It’s certainly going to be the toughest challenge of my career but that’s what I’m looking forward to most.”Will is certainly treading a prestigious path as he aims to climb all the way to the pinnacle of the sport. Racing in Formula Renault UK for the past three years, he has followed in the wheel-tracks of reigning Formula One World Champion Kimi Raikkonen and 2007 F1 runner-up Lewis Hamilton; both former Formula Renault UK Champions. With his graduation to Spanish Formula 3, the Oxon sensation is now following the route taken by current GP2 front-runners Alvaro Parente, Javier Villa and Roldan Rodriguez and World Series by Renault and GP2 racer Borja Garcia. GP2 is, of course, the prestigious support category to Formula One and is where Will plans to be racing in 2009.Having worked incredibly hard to secure the funding to make his FIAT Spanish Formula 3 Championship race debut this weekend, Will is very grateful for the support of Apotex UK and team sponsor Tecnocasa. Additional commercial backing, however, is being sought to ensure the talented British racer can continue his progress up the motor racing ladder and make the most of his undoubted natural ability.