Will Bratt

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Will Bratt
Will bratt silverstone2013.JPG
Nationality United Kingdom British
Born (1988-04-13) 13 April 1988 (age 27)
Oxford (England)
British Touring Car Championship career
Debut season 2012
Current team Rob Austin Racing
Car no. 14
Starts 41
Wins 0
Poles 0
Fastest laps 0
Best finish 19th in 2013
Previous series
201011
2009–10
2009
2008
2007
200508
200405
2003–04
Formula Two
GP2 Asia Series
Euroseries 3000
Spanish Formula Three
FPA Winter Trophy
Formula Renault 2.0 UK
FR2.0 UK Winter Series
T Cars
Championship titles
2009
2009
2004
Euroseries 3000
Italian Formula 3000
T Cars
Awards
2007 BRDC Rising Star

William Bratt[1] (born 13 April 1988 in Oxford) is a British racing driver. He currently competes in the British Touring Car Championship with Rob Austin Racing.

Career[edit]

T Cars[edit]

After three years in Super 1 karting, Bratt moved into the T Cars series for drivers between fourteen and seventeen years old, in 2003. He finished fourth in the championship in his rookie season, winning a single race at Snetterton.[2] He dominated the 2004 season, finishing every one of the eighteen races on the podium, winning fourteen of them to win the championship by 58 points from runner-up Ruth Senior.

Formula Renault[edit]

After his T Car championship, Bratt moved into single-seaters for the 2004 Formula Renault UK Winter Series, with Scorpio Motorsport. He finished eleventh in the championship, missing out on the top ten by just one point. This performance led to a full season campaign in 2005, staying with Scorpio. After a steady opening, Bratt recorded a best finish of eleventh twice before finishing fifteenth in the championship, and runner-up in the Graduate Cup for first-year drivers. He continued with Scorpio into the 2005 Winter Series, finishing ninth with 54 points.

Another campaign with Scorpio followed in 2006, and Bratt's results steadily improved resulting in a first win at Oulton Park. He also finished on the podium at Donington Park en route to eighth place in the championship. With six of the seven drivers who finished above him in 2006 moving out of the championship, Bratt became a championship contender for the 2007 season. Good starts from championship rivals Duncan Tappy and Dean Smith left Bratt on the back foot after the first few rounds. After achieving a double win at Croft, he added further wins at Oulton Park and Brands Hatch, but he was out of the championship running before the final few races such were the dominance of the Fortec cars of his rivals. Bratt was unopposed in third, finishing some 32 points clear of Adam Christodoulou. His performances earned him a place on the British Racing Drivers' Club's "Rising Star" scheme.[3]

In the off-season, Bratt competed in the Formula Palmer Audi Autumn Trophy, finishing second in the series without winning a race. He also made a return to Formula Renault in the 2008 season, replacing Sho Hanawa at the Silverstone meeting in support of the World Series by Renault.

Formula Three[edit]

Bratt moved to Spain to compete in the Spanish Formula Three Championship for the 2008 season, competing for former Formula One driver Emilio de Villota's team.[4] After two top-five finishes on his debut at Jarama, Bratt recorded both his first pole position and podium during the first race at Spa. After a barren run of just seven points in ten races, Bratt ended the season impressively with a pair of second places and a pair of third places at the final two rounds in Barcelona and Jerez, ultimately finishing fifth in the overall championship.

Euroseries 3000[edit]

Bratt continued with de Villota's team, moving into the Euroseries 3000 for the 2009 season.[5] Heading into the final round, Bratt was one of four drivers who could still win the title as he was only six points behind championship leader Fabio Onidi. Bratt finished first and second in the two races, with his second place finish breaking a tie with Marco Bonanomi. Both drivers finished with 71 points and four wins, but Bratt's second gave him a 3–2 advantage in relation to the championship. Not only winning the Euroseries 3000 title, Bratt also won the Italian Formula 3000 Championship crown.

GP2 Series[edit]

As a prize for winning the Euroseries 3000 title, Bratt won a drive in the GP2 Asia Series for the 2009–10 season with Euroseries 3000 organisers Coloni Motorsport.[6]

Formula Two[edit]

Bratt moved into the FIA Formula Two Championship in 2010.[7]

He was the only driver disqualified from a race that season. Bratt was disqualied from the second race at Silverstone having failed to obey a drive-through penalty and being black flagged – he finished second but received no points.

Bratt came 9th in the championship out of 30 drivers with 92 points despite missing 8 out of the 16 rounds.

British Touring Car Championship[edit]

Rob Austin Racing (2012–)[edit]

Bratt made his touring car debut with Rob Austin Racing at the Oulton Park round of the 2012 season.[8] He finished eighth on his début in the Audi A4 and won Dunlop's "Most Improved Independent Driver Award".[9] He stayed with the team for the next round at Croft but was unable to secure the sponsorship to continue in the championship at Snetterton. He returned to the team for the final three events of the season starting at Rockingham.[10] He qualified a season best thirteenth on the grid at the final round at Brands Hatch and finished ninth in the first race before retiring from the second race having collided with the stricken BMW of Rob Collard. Bratt concluded the season 20th in the drivers standings after contesting half of the events.

Bratt will continue in the championship for the 2013 season with Rob Austin Racing, now competing under the WIX Racing banner.[11]

Racing record[edit]

Career summary[edit]

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles F/Laps Podiums Points Position
2003 T Cars 20 1 0 1 6 308 4th
2004 T Cars 18 14 16 16 18 350 1st
British Formula Renault 2.0 Winter Series Scorpio Motorsport 4 0 0 0 0 40 11th
2005 British Formula Renault 2.0 Scorpio Motorsport 20 0 0 0 0 95 15th
British Formula Renault 2.0 Winter Series 4 0 0  ? 0 54 9th
2006 British Formula Renault 2.0 Apotex Scorpio Motorsport 20 1 0 0 2 263 8th
2007 British Formula Renault 2.0 Apotex Scorpio Motorsport 20 4 2 1 7 416 3rd
Formula Palmer Audi Winter Trophy 6 0 2 1 3 97 2nd
2008 Spanish Formula Three Championship EmiliodeVillota.com Motorsport 17 0 1 2 5 67 5th
British Formula Renault 2.0 Apotex Scorpio Motorsport 2 0 0 0 0 14 23rd
2009 Euroseries 3000 EmiliodeVillota.com Motorsport 13 4 2 3 9 71 1st
2009–10 GP2 Asia Series Scuderia Coloni 8 0 0 0 0 0 25th
2010 FIA Formula Two Championship MotorSport Vision 18 0 0 0 4 144 5th
2011 FIA Formula Two Championship MotorSport Vision 8 1 1 0 3 92 9th
2012 British Touring Car Championship Rob Austin Racing 15 0 0 0 0 38 20th
2013 British Touring Car Championship WIX Racing 12 0 0 0 0 21* 18th*

* Season in progress.

Complete GP2 Series results[edit]

Complete GP2 Asia Series results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 DC Points
2009–10 Scuderia Coloni ABU1
FEA

12
ABU1
SPR

Ret
ABU2
FEA

11
ABU2
SPR

21
BHR1
FEA

16
BHR1
SPR

Ret
BHR2
FEA

15
BHR2
SPR

16
25th 0

Complete Formula Two results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year No. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Pos Points
2010 2 SIL
1

6
SIL
2

5
MAR
1

Ret
MAR
2

3
MON
1

4
MON
2

3
ZOL
1

14
ZOL
2

5
ALG
1

Ret
ALG
2

5
BRH
1

4
BRH
2

3
BRN
1

8
BRN
2

10
OSC
1

6
OSC
2

7
VAL
1

2
VAL
2

15
5th 144
2011 17 SIL
1

2
SIL
2

DSQ
MAG
1

8
MAG
2

7
SPA
1

1
SPA
2

3
NÜR
1

7
NÜR
2

2
BRH
1
BRH
2
RBR
1
RBR
2
MON
1
MON
2
CAT
1
CAT
2
9th 92

Complete British Touring Car Championship results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position – 1 point awarded in first race) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap – 1 point awarded all races) (* signifies that driver lead race for at least one lap – 1 point given)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 DC Points
2012 Rob Austin Racing Audi A4 BRH
1
BRH
2
BRH
3
DON
1
DON
2
DON
3
THR
1
THR
2
THR
3
OUL
1

8
OUL
2

Ret
OUL
3

11
CRO
1

9
CRO
2

18
CRO
3

Ret
SNE
1
SNE
2
SNE
3
KNO
1
KNO
2
KNO
3
ROC
1

Ret
ROC
2

Ret
ROC
3

15
SIL
1

13
SIL
2

Ret
SIL
3

13
BRH
1

9
BRH
2

Ret
BRH
3

12
20th 38
2013 Rob Austin Racing Audi A4 BRH
1

12
BRH
2

Ret
BRH
3

14
DON
1

25
DON
2

19
DON
3

14
THR
1

18
THR
2

22
THR
3

17
OUL
1

17
OUL
2

13
OUL
3

6
CRO
1

15
CRO
2

18
CRO
3

Ret
SNE
1

NC
SNE
2

16
SNE
3

Ret
KNO
1

20
KNO
2

Ret
KNO
3

10
ROC
1

Ret
ROC
2

DNS
ROC
3

Ret
SIL
1

22
SIL
2

12
SIL
3

Ret
BRH
1
BRH
2
BRH
3
19th 32

* Season in progress.

Personal[edit]

Bratt attended Bloxham School, Oxfordshire and has a degree in history from Lincoln College, Oxford.[12]

Will Bratt is also a musician (guitarist and writer) and plays in the popular Oxfordshire-based cover band Mr Blue and Little Liars.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2009 GP2 Series: October 7th – Morning session testing results" (PDF). crono-jerez.com (Circuito de Jerez). 2009-10-07. Retrieved 2009-10-07. [dead link]
  2. ^ "Snetterton – 4/5 October 2003". jamesjakes.com (James Jakes). 2003-10-04. Retrieved 2009-10-13. 
  3. ^ "Single-seater ace Bratt named BRDC Rising Star". willbratt.com (Will Bratt). 2007-09-14. Retrieved 2009-10-13. 
  4. ^ "Bratt set for race debut". crash.net (Crash Media Group). 2008-04-28. Retrieved 2009-10-13. 
  5. ^ "Bratt confirms step-up to Euroseries 3000 for 2009 season". willbratt.com (Will Bratt). 2009-04-24. Archived from the original on 2009-06-22. Retrieved 2009-10-13. 
  6. ^ O'Leary, Jamie (2009-10-19). "Bratt joins Coloni for GP2 Asia". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 2009-10-26. 
  7. ^ "Briton Will Bratt joins the 2010 Formula Two grid". FIA Formula Two Championship (MotorSport Vision). 2010-03-15. Retrieved 2010-03-15. 
  8. ^ Hudson, Neil (6 June 2012). "Will Bratt to race for Rob Austin Racing at Oulton Park". TouringCarTimes (Mediaempire Stockholm AB). Retrieved 11 June 2012. 
  9. ^ "Encouraging debut for Bratt". British Touring Car Championship (TOCA). 13 June 2012. Retrieved 27 October 2012. 
  10. ^ "Two Audis for Rockingham". British Touring Car Championship (TOCA). 7 September 2012. Retrieved 23 October 2012. 
  11. ^ Austin, Rob (10 January 2013). "Rob Austin Racing confirms title partner and driver line up for 2013 BTCC assault" (PDF). Rob Austin (Rob Austin Racing Ltd.). Retrieved 10 January 2013. 
  12. ^ "FR Will Bratt season 2006 review". racecar.com. 22 November 2006. Retrieved 27 October 2009. 

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Simon Walker-Hansell
T Cars Champion
2004
Succeeded by
Adrian Quaife-Hobbs
Preceded by
Nicolas Prost
Euroseries 3000
Champion

2009
Succeeded by
Romain Grosjean
(AutoGP)
Preceded by
Omar Leal
Italian Formula 3000
Champion

2009
Succeeded by
Romain Grosjean
(AutoGP)