METCALFE THIRD IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP AFTER BRANDS Formula Renault UK sensation Jeremy Metcalfe couldn't quite manage to take a race victory on his 18th birthday at Brands Hatch Indy Circuit today but he still left the Kent venue in happy mood...
METCALFE THIRD IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP AFTER BRANDS
Formula Renault UK sensation Jeremy Metcalfe couldn't quite manage to take a race victory on his 18th birthday at Brands Hatch Indy Circuit today but he still left the Kent venue in happy mood after securing third place in the championship standings.
While pole position for the opening round of the 2006 season eluded him by a mere 0.061 seconds during Saturday's qualifying session, Jeremy made a good start to the race and although unable to seize the lead from pole-sitter James Sutton, he did put his rival under pressure, especially during the closing stages.
Missing out on a race victory by less than half a second is obviously frustrating, but the Fleet teenager was delighted to be on the podium for the first round of the season to prove both his, and Team Lemac AKA's, competitiveness.
"It's great to be on the podium for the first race of the year and, hopefully, it will be the first of many more visits during the course of the season", commented Jeremy after making a good start to his 2006 championship campaign.
"During the last few laps backmarkers got in the way and so we all closed up at the front but I just couldn't quite make a move for the lead. It's important to get good points in the bag early on in the year though so to be second in the first race is good. I would have liked to win but things could have been so much worse so I'm thankful for a good result."
Achieving a podium result during round two would be a much more difficult proposition for Jeremy after qualifying his BillChaser-sponsored car sixth on the grid, but he did make a good enough getaway to seize fifth place from Will Bratt at the beginning of the race and ensure another good haul of championship points.
"I suffered from understeer quite badly during the second race so I wasn't as comfortable with the car", added Jeremy. "I don't think we could have achieved much more this weekend and I am happy with our performance on the whole. I'm just a bit disappointed not to have been on the podium again but to be third in the championship is great."
Rounds three and four of the Formula Renault UK Championship will take place on 13th/14th May at Oulton Park Island Circuit. The category will take an extended five-week break until its visit to Cheshire next month due to the British Touring Car Championship's annual trip to Ireland's Mondello Park in a fortnight's time.