Frustrating qualifying for Bratt

Formula 3 racer Will Bratt has plenty of work to do during today’s seventh round of the 2008 FIAT Spanish F3 Championship having endured a frustrating qualifying session at the brand new Valencia Street Circuit, Saturday, 26th July.At the wheel of his Motorsport car, 20-year-old Will had a luckless run during this afternoon’s qualifying session where he encountered red flags on each of his quick laps. Furthermore, a slight brush with the retaining wall also affected the handling of his FIAT-powered Dallara F308 chassis.Concluding the period with the 16th fastest time of 2m 07.273 seconds (153.399km/h), the Banbury ace will need all of his race craft to try and record a points scoring result in the first of the weekend’s races tomorrow morning, Sunday, 27th July.More exasperating for Will was the fact he ended this morning’s practice session with the fourth quickest time, underlining the fact he certainly has the pace to run at the front at the superb Valencia Street Circuit.Speaking after round seven qualifying, Will said: “That certainly wasn’t the session we wanted. Qualifying on row eight means we have a lot of racing to do tomorrow but I’ll obviously try as hard as possible to score some points and limit the championship damage as much as possible.“We know we had the pace to do well in qualifying having been fourth fastest this morning but I had red flags on every one of my fast laps. It’s very frustrating but we have to put it behind us now and concentrate on tomorrow’s races.”Round seven of the 2008 FIAT Spanish Formula 3 Championship will take place at around 10.00 (local time) tomorrow morning, Sunday, 27th July, with the eighth round expected to follow at approximately 14.00. The grid for the second of the weekend’s races, of course, will be set from the finishing order of round seven – with the exception of the top six which will be reversed. Both encounters will be contested over 16 laps, or to a maximum duration of 35 minutes, and will be broadcast live on Spanish television.Provisional 2008 FIAT Spanish F3 Championship Driver Standings (after Rd6):=1st Bruno Mendez, Nicola De Marco & Nil Montserrat, 35pts; 8th Will Bratt, 24pts