Will Bratt ended his maiden season of Formula 3 competition in fine style at Catalunya by finishing runner-up during the final round of the 2008 FIAT Spanish F3 Championship.

Starting round 17 of the campaign from second on the grid, the 20-year-old took the lead early on from pole-sitter Stefano Bizzarri, who spun off in the poor conditions, but a charging Roberto Merhi managed to find a way by Bratt on lap four.

Running in a comfortable second place for the remainder of the 17-lap encounter, the EmiliodeVillota.com Motorsport driver's result also enabled him to climb into the top six in the driver standings.

He ends his first year of Formula 3, and rookie season of international competition, just two points shy of fifth place.

"It's great to end the year with another podium," he said, "Bizzarri spun off straight away really and although it was good to lead, we knew Merhi would be very strong as he was on the podium in the Formula Renault WEC races at Barcelona a couple of weeks ago so his knowledge of the track was far greater.

"We're not disappointed with second, it's a great result and it's just a shame we've not had better luck this year. Our pace has been good all year, with better fortune we could have won several races for sure. The season certainly hasn't reflected our true ability but, in the end, a top six championship finish isn't bad."