UK: Jeremy Metcalfe Donington Saturday notes

METCALFE WITH WORK TO DO AFTER TRICKY DONINGTON QUALIFYING Jeremy Metcalfe will start both of tomorrow's Formula Renault UK races at Donington Park National Circuit from the fourth row of the grid after two tricky qualifying sessions at the ...

METCALFE WITH WORK TO DO AFTER TRICKY DONINGTON QUALIFYING

Jeremy Metcalfe will start both of tomorrow's Formula Renault UK races at Donington Park National Circuit from the fourth row of the grid after two tricky qualifying sessions at the Leicestershire venue earlier today.

The 19-year-old AKA Cobra racer, who heads into this weekend's 11th and 12th rounds of the championship season on the back of race victory at Oulton Park three weeks ago, looked set to challenge for front row grid slots after an impressive test on Thursday but he will instead start round 11 from eighth on the grid and round 12 from seventh place.

Both team and driver were puzzled at the conclusion of the second qualifying session as to the reason behind the below par result, particularly because the BRDC Rising Star felt he was driving well today and the car too was handling as he would expect. He will start both of tomorrow's races as the highest placed AKA driver though.

During the first session, Jeremy's best lap of 1m 07.509 seconds (104.37mph) saw him miss out on the front row by seven 10ths of a second and although closer to the top of the times by three 10ths of a second during round 12 qualifying, the Loughborough University student was unfortunately only able to move one place higher on the grid.

"It's been a very frustrating day, I wasn't totally happy with everything after the first session but we made a couple of changes and the car felt good this afternoon", said the Fleet driver, "For whatever reason though we weren't able to get the time we needed and so we've got some hard work to do tomorrow.

"I'm a racer though, the actual races are where I'm at my best and I've proven I can come through and achieve good results from less than favourable grid slots so hopefully that will be the case tomorrow. There's also a strong chance of rain on Sunday so that could be a major factor in how the races turn out."

The first of the weekend's two 16-lap Formula Renault UK encounters, round 11, will start at 10.40 tomorrow, Sunday, 15th July, with round 12 following at 16.10. Both races will be screened live on cable and digital satellite subscription channel Setanta Sports 1.

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