UK 2000: Metcalfe Croft test notes 2006-03-23

METCALFE CONFIDENT AFTER FINAL PRE-SEASON TEST Official Formula Renault UK pre-season testing came to an end at Croft Circuit this afternoon and with just two weeks remaining until the first round of the championship, Team Lemac AKA star Jeremy...

METCALFE CONFIDENT AFTER FINAL PRE-SEASON TEST

Official Formula Renault UK pre-season testing came to an end at Croft Circuit this afternoon and with just two weeks remaining until the first round of the championship, Team Lemac AKA star Jeremy Metcalfe is brimming with confidence.

The Fleet 17-year-old, who took his first ever Formula Renault UK victory at the North Yorkshire venue last November during only his 20th competitive outing in single-seaters, enjoyed another productive test today and ended the session with the fourth fastest time.

With less than two 10ths of a second separating Jeremy from the head of the times, he was rightfully pleased with his performance but also a little frustrated to have been held up by a number of slower cars at various points throughout the day when attempting to set quick laps.

His best lap of 1m 16.899 seconds (99.57mph) came during the two hour and 55 minute afternoon session, approximately three 10ths of a second faster than the Hampshire ace had managed throughout the morning.

"It's been another good day but I know I made one or two small mistakes on some of my quick laps, so to still be just a couple of 10ths of a second away from the top of the times is pleasing", said Jeremy at the end of the test.

"Traffic posed a few problems yesterday and we had similar difficulties getting clear laps today, but it's the same for everyone I suppose. The car has been really good, the team has done a fantastic job and I think Team Lemac AKA will be very strong when we return to Croft in the summer."

He added: "Official testing has gone well for us at every circuit actually and even if we end up a 10th of a second or two away from where we want to be at any point during the season I have to remember where we were last year relative to the front-running drivers.

"Last year was my first in cars and although it wasn't as constructive as it might have been, things came good during the winter when we signed with AKA and I'm confident we'll be right up there this season. I'm delighted we've been quick in testing but I know my racing is even stronger so that bodes well and I'll be pushing hard at Brands Hatch."

The opening two rounds of the 2006 Formula Renault UK Championship are now just two weeks away, taking place on 8th/9th April at Brands Hatch Indy Circuit in Kent. The first race weekend of the season will be especially noteworthy for Jeremy as the Sunday of the meeting will coincide with his 18th birthday.

-www.jakobebrey.com/renault

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