METCALFE BACK ON TOP WITH CLASSY OULTON VICTORY Jeremy Metcalfe re-ignited his Formula Renault UK season at Oulton Park Island Circuit this afternoon with a superbly judged victory during the 10th round of the championship, an excellent drive...
METCALFE BACK ON TOP WITH CLASSY OULTON VICTORY
Jeremy Metcalfe re-ignited his Formula Renault UK season at Oulton Park Island Circuit this afternoon with a superbly judged victory during the 10th round of the championship, an excellent drive from second on the grid netting the 19-year-old his second win and third podium finish of 2007.
Qualifying on the front row for round 10 during yesterday's 20-minute session, the AKA Cobra star produced a flawless start to get ahead of pole-sitter and series leader Dean Smith into Old Hall corner while also keeping an eye on his mirrors to calmlydefend the lead from fellow title rival Duncan Tappy.
Although under pressure from Tappy at certain points of the circuit, in particular the Knickerbrook Chicane, Jeremy wasn't fazed at all and knew he had the pace and race-craft to maintain the lead all the way to the chequered flag.
The BillChaser-backed sensation was absolutely faultless for the 15 lap duration, never putting a wheel wrong, and with no doubt as to the eventual outcome Jeremy took a popular win which more than makes up for a disappointing non-finish during Saturday's ninth round.
"It's fantastic to be back on the top step of the podium", said a delighted Jeremy at the end of the race, "It's felt a long time since we won during the opening round at Brands Hatch but hopefully now we can take this momentum forward. It was a good race today and after I got the lead at the start I knew we could win.
"Duncan (Tappy) was quicker than me in the middle part of the lap down at the chicane but I was a lot quicker at Druids which gave me the breathing space I needed over the rest of the lap. He caught me up a lot into Knickerbrook but it's easier to be good into the chicane when someone is ahead of you as you have a car to gauge your braking by".
The Fleet teenager continued: "The start was good, I had a little bit of wheel-spin but nothing too bad and as soon as I had passed Dean (Smith) I just had to block Duncan out into Old Hall and make sure I was precise and made no mistakes. It's great to have won again and I hope this is the start of some much better luck for us."
With Jeremy's retirement from Saturday's ninth round seeing him slip to seventh in the championship standings, his 32-point haul from today's victory sees the Loughborough University student move to within just three points of the top six.
There is now a three-week break in the Formula Renault UK calendar ahead of the 11th and 12th rounds of the season which will take place at Donington Park National Circuit in Leicestershire on 14th/15th July. Pre-event testing will be held on Thursday, 12th July.
Before then, Jeremy will join his fellow competitors at Brands Hatch Indy Circuit in Kent for an exclusive day of Formula Renault UK testing on Tuesday, 3rd July.