DEJA-VU FOR METCALFE AT KNOCKHILL? Although disappointed with the outcome of Formula Renault UK qualifying at Knockhill this afternoon, championship front-runner Jeremy Metcalfe will be hoping for a case of raceday deja-vu tomorrow during his ...
DEJA-VU FOR METCALFE AT KNOCKHILL?
Although disappointed with the outcome of Formula Renault UK qualifying at Knockhill this afternoon, championship front-runner Jeremy Metcalfe will be hoping for a case of raceday deja-vu tomorrow during his first ever competitive start at the Scottish venue.
The 18-year-old, who was forced to miss the entirety of Friday's three-hour official test session as it clashed with vital A-level exams, ventured out onto the 1.3-mile Fife circuit for the first time this weekend during round seven qualifying, achieving the 14th fastest time before going on to post the 15th quickest lap in round eight qualifying.
In all reality, the BillChaser-backed AKA Lemac sensation should be pleased with the improvements he made throughout both 20-minute sessions to end up just half a second adrift of the pace-setters. But in his quest to at least maintain second position in the category standings, Jeremy ended qualifying less than happy.
"I'm bitterly disappointed with the outcome of today", reflected the Fleet teenager, "I did have a bit of a problem with understeer but without any track time in the test yesterday it really has hurt us and we've now got a mountain to climb tomorrow.
"Having never raced at Knockhill before I'm not all that familiar with the track, but if we can salvage a couple of top 10 results I'll be fairly happy. It was always going to be a very tough weekend for me due to the A-level exams and lack of track time but we have to hope for the kind of good fortune we enjoyed at Oulton Park earlier in the season."
The third and fourth rounds of the year at the Cheshire venue saw Jeremy achieve a brace of podium finishes from 14th and 12th positions on the grid respectively, and with rain forecast for tomorrow's races -- similar conditions to those experienced at Oulton Park last month -- the Fleet teenager will be bidding for a carbon-copy performance.
Round seven of the 2006 Formula Renault UK Championship will take place at 12.00 tomorrow, Sunday, 18th June, while round eight will follow at 15.45. Unfortunately, there will be no TV coverage of this weekend's races.