Sad news motorsports fans, top FIA Formula 2 racer, Will Bratt, was forced to miss the latest two rounds of action at Brands Hatch over the weekend (23/24 July) due to last-minute funding difficulties, all but ending the Banbury driver’s 2011 title hopes.
Despite a tremendous effort by Will’s management team and the principles of F2, quite literally all the way up to the final few minutes before qualifying began, the required budget for the weekend just couldn’t be raised in time. The 23-year-old was therefore forced to frustratingly sit on the side-lines for an event in which he would almost certainly have been a contender for two race wins.
In recent weeks Will’s title challenge has really gathered momentum, with his maiden victory coming at Spa-Francorchamps amid a run of three podiums from his last four races contested. So strong have the last couple of outings been, the Oxon driver is still fourth in the standings even though not racing at Brands Hatch on Saturday and Sunday.
Although running on a race-by-race basis this year with a limited pool of resources to call upon, the British racer has been one of the undoubted stars of the championship, and he’s determined to be back at the wheel of his Williams JPH1B for the next event in Austria five weeks from now.
“We started the year with really only enough budget for the first two races at Silverstone, somehow though we managed to get half-way through the season”, said Will, “Not doing Brands was a serious blow as it’s both a circuit I like and a circuit I’ve won on three times in the past. I was very confident we’d have been really competitive this weekend.
“The F2 organisation has been brilliant but, at the end of the day, there’s only so much you can do if you can’t raise the funds. Although it’s not mathematically impossible the title bid is over, but I want to be back to fight for more race wins. We’re talking to several potential sponsors and I am confident of being in the car for Austria, although we’ve got nothing secured at this point in time.”
Over the five weeks ahead of the FIA Formula 2 Championship’s visit to Austria’s Red Bull Ring on 27th/28th August, Will and his management team will be working harder than ever to secure the funding needed to take part.
Commercial investors and prospective sponsors keen to associate with one of Britain’s top aspiring Formula One drivers are invited to contact Henry Spratt at Enterprise Sports Management on 0207 5903667 or at henrys(at)enterprisesports(dot)com.