Will Bratt got his FIA Formula Two Championship season off to a good start by finishing in second place in the opening race of the season at Silverstone.

The Banbury driver qualified in third position on the grid in the 30 minute session on Saturday morning. He had been in contention for the first pole position of the season, topping the timesheets during the first half of the session. In the end though he slipped to third position – but a good starting position nonetheless.

In the race he made a strong start to get ahead of Miki Monras off the line and into second place. Though he was unable to keep up with runaway winner Mirko Bortolotti, Bratt held onto second place despite being put under pressure by Monras early in the race. He crossed the line 1.6 seconds ahead of the Spaniard, having set the second fastest lap of the race on the penultimate lap.

“I'm pretty happy with the race but it was really tough actually,” Will said. “I had Miki on my back the whole race but the finishing position is good, I'm definitely happy with it. Obviously, I'd have liked to have been as quick as Mirko but Sunday is a fresh start so we'll have to see if we can put the car on pole and fight for the win.”