Will BrattEmiliodeVillota.com Motorsport’s Will Bratt heads into his busiest fortnight of the year in just a few days time when the fourth event of the 2009 PartyPokerRacing.it Euroseries 3000 Championship kicks off two crucial back-to-back weekends of race action.

The Ricardo Tormo Circuit in Valencia, Spain, hosts the only triple-header event of the campaign this coming weekend, 12th/13th September, with the seventh and eighth rounds of the championship also joined by an additional race – the latter arranged by officials to compensate drivers and teams for the cancelled Donington Park rounds earlier in the year.

Banbury-based Will heads to the Spanish venue in confident mood and rightly so having achieved his maiden category race victory at Zolder in Belgium two weeks ago with an outstanding lights-to-flag drive from pole position during round six.

Consolidating fourth place in the driver standings, the fantastic result meant Will moved to within 12 points of series leader Marco Bonanomi – just reward having earlier lost an almost certain podium when a puncture pitched the 21-year-old off the circuit and into an unfortunate retirement.

“Taking our first win of the season at Zolder was a fantastic feeling and we’ll certainly be aiming to try and repeat that this weekend”, said the British Racing Drivers’ Club (BRDC) Rising Star, “It’s going to be a very busy couple of days with practice, qualifying and three races to pack in but it’s a great opportunity to try and score a lot of points and move closer towards the series lead.

“We’ve been on, or very close to, the pace all year so I can’t see any reason why we shouldn’t be quick at Valencia. It’s a home race for the team too so it’d be special for Emilio (De Villota) and the rest of the guys if we could finish on the podium. They’ve done an incredible job all season.”

Free practice for the weekend’s action will take place at 10.00 (local time) on Saturday, 12th September, with a pair of qualifying sessions at 11.55 and 13.15 respectively. The opening race of the weekend is then due to get underway at 17.35. On Sunday, 13th September, race two will begin at around 10.35 with the third encounter scheduled to start at 14.25.

Following the Valencia event, Will and his Spanish-based team embark on a journey to Italy for the 10th and 11th rounds of the season at Vallelunga on 19th/20th September. Like the majority of tracks the Oxon racer has visited this year, the meeting will mark his debut appearance at the circuit but he is greatly looking forward to the challenge as the championship reaches a critical stage.

Provisional 2009 PartyPokerRacing.it Euroseries 3000 Championship Standings (after Rd6):
1st Marco Bonanomi, 32pts; =2nd Fabrizio Crestani & Fabio Onidi, 28pts; 4th Will Bratt, 20pts

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