CHRISTMAS COMES EARLY FOR METCALFE WITH MAIDEN FERRARI RUN

Fleet's Jeremy Metcalfe made the most of an early Christmas present at Donington Park National Circuit yesterday, Thursday, 13th December, when he was given the opportunity to take his maiden mileage in a stunning Ferrari 430 British GT Championship car.

The 19-year-old BRDC Rising Star, who for the past three years has been racing single-seaters in the Formula Renault UK Championship, is eyeing a change of career path in 2008 and couldn't have hoped for a better British GT test debut, Jeremy immediately on the pace inside just five laps of the 1.95-mile Leicestershire track.

"Driving the Ferrari was an awesome experience", said the elated racer, "I only did about five laps in total but I was on the pace straight away and adapted to the car really well. It handles brilliantly and the run has definitely whetted my appetite for more. Driving the Ferrari in British GT next year would be fantastic, we're looking very seriously at it."

The Ferrari which Jeremy piloted yesterday afternoon is one of the cars which will be run by the newly announced CR Scuderia squad in the British GT Championship next year. Headed by Chris Niarchos and Andrew Kirkaldy, CR Scuderia will also field Ferrari 430s in the FIA GT Championship along with a quartet of cars in Formula Renault UK.

With strong links to the team through its previous incarnation as AKA Cobra, having raced for the outfit in Formula Renault UK for the past two seasons, Jeremy has high hopes of continuing his relationship with the squad into 2008 with a potential move into British GTs.

He added: "I'd like to thank Andrew (Kirkaldy) and the guys at CR Scuderia for giving me the opportunity to have a run in the Ferrari, it was fantastic. It only took me a lap to find my braking points and then I was immediately on the pace of the other drivers who had at least double the track time and, in some cases, three times as much running.

"We're working hard to secure the budget for 2008 and my favoured option now is definitely a switch to GT racing. There are a lot of benefits for sponsors, especially with a team as professional as CR Scuderia. Obviously I know Andrew well from my time in Formula Renault UK and it would be good to continue that relationship."

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