METCALFE MAKES WELCOME PODIUM RETURN AT THRUXTON Formula Renault UK star Jeremy Metcalfe made a welcome return to the championship podium at Thruxton this afternoon, Sunday, 6th May, during the sixth round of the season at the ultra-fast...
METCALFE MAKES WELCOME PODIUM RETURN AT THRUXTON
Formula Renault UK star Jeremy Metcalfe made a welcome return to the championship podium at Thruxton this afternoon, Sunday, 6th May, during the sixth round of the season at the ultra-fast Hampshire venue.
Although a damaged front-wing caused Jeremy problems in the first of the weekend's two races, an eighth place finish added to the 25 points for third position in race two ensures the 19-year-old BRDC Rising Star remains in touch with the series top three, retaining fourth position in the title chase ahead of a four-week break in the calendar.
Sunday morning's first Formula Renault UK encounter saw the AKA Cobra ace get away from the line reasonably well in third position and although momentarily slipping behind rival Duncan Tappy, he regained the place into the complex.
Running side-by-side through the fearsome Church Corner, Fleet-based Jeremy lost out to Tappy and slight contact between the two resulted in damage to the front-wing on the Hampshire sensation's car. Seriously compromising handling and grip for the remainder of the 16 lap race, Jeremy did well to finish in eighth position.
Keyed-up to make amends in round six, the BillChaser-supported driver didn't make the best of starts but still managed to maintain his grid position of fourth and started to pull away from team-mate Nathan Caratti during the first few laps.
In the middle of an AKA Cobra sandwich on lap four, with pole-man Adam Christodoulou ahead of him, Jeremy started to close in on third place and on lap five the Loughborough University student made thedecisive move to snatch the podium place which he would easily hold to the finish.
Although delighted to be back on the podium, especially at his 'home' circuit, Jeremy is now focused on closing the gap to reigning champion entrant Fortec Motorsport during the upcoming four-week break in the Formula Renault UK calendar.
"We've had some bad luck in the last few races so it's great to be back on the podium here at Thruxton", said Jeremy after round six, "We were still lacking pace though compared to the Fortec cars so we definitely have to keep working hard to close the gap.
"Race one was unfortunate, starting third on the grid it seemed more likely we'd be on the podium in that race but after my front wing was broken it was all about damage limitation really and making sure I brought the car home safely. I defended as well as I could without doing anything stupid but eighth place was the best we could hope for."
Formula Renault UK now takes a month-long break from race action with rounds seven and eight of the season taking place at Croft Circuit on 2nd/3rd June with a pre-event test scheduled for Friday, 1st June.
Prior to this, Jeremy will return to the cockpit of his AKA Cobra car on Wednesday, 16th May, for a full day of exclusive Formula Renault UK testing while an additional shared day of testing will take place on Thursday, 17th May, at the North Yorkshire venue.