MICHAEL MEADOWS AND JEREMY METCALFE JOIN THE TEAM
CR Scuderia today announced the addition of two young single-seater racers to the squad. Michael Meadows will join James Sutton in Ferrari no.14 and Jeremy Metcalfe will partner Luke Hines in Ferrari no.16.
Although the team recently announced that James Sutton and Luke Hines would drive together, some rather complimentary driver classifications mean that they would receive an unsustainable time penalty if they shared a car, so a reshuffle has taken place.
"After we announced the partnership of James Sutton and Luke Hines, we received news that both were to be classified as 'A' drivers," said CRS Team Manager, Malcolm Swetnam. "This is a huge compliment to the guys and to a team that has yet to compete in a race but, having carefully studied all of last year's form, and with the arrival of the GT4 cars, it would have been fundamentally impossible to catch and overtake so many cars. Following close consultation with SRO we have reviewed our game plan to be more closely aligned with SRO's objectives for this championship. Stephane Ratel and his staff have done a good job in creating a large grid for 2008 so we have realigned the driver pairings and we are pleased with the new line-ups."
Ferrari no. 14: James Sutton and Michael Meadows
Joining 'BRDC Rising Star' James Sutton in car number 14 is 'BRDC Rising Star' Michael Meadows, who joins British GT from the British F3 International Series. CRS Team Principal, Chris Niarchos, who recently became a full member of the BRDC himself, is delighted to be able to support British talent in what has already become known as the "Rising Star Car".
"I think James and Michael will make a fantastic team," commented Niarchos. "They are both excellent drivers whose talents have already been recognised by the BRDC. We will provide them with an environment where they will continue to learn and grow and hopefully kick some ass on the race track!"
"I'm really looking forward to driving the Ferrari," said Michael Meadows. "Especially as it's not too different from a single-seater; with paddle-shift gears and just two pedals there isn't too much to get used to. The new thing for me will be having a team-mate as I have to remember it's his race too. It's good to be diverse and nowadays the path to Formula One is so tough a lot of drivers are turning to sportscars and touring cars. The racing looks tough and I can't wait to get started."
Ferrari no. 16: Luke Hines and Jeremy Metcalfe
Luke Hines is to be joined by another young single-seater charger, and BRDC Rising Star, for the 2008 season. Jeremy Metcalfe joins the team fresh from Formula Renault where he drove for AKA Cobra, the team that is now the CRS Formula Renault team.
"I'm thrilled to be racing with people that I already know," said Jeremy. "I'm moving to a different side of motorsport and it's a very exciting prospect. I tested the car before Christmas and it was amazing. The team looks great and it's fantastic to have Luke (Hines) as my team-mate as I have known him for years. I used to race for his dad's karting team; I was a Zipkart Young Gun! He's a really good driver and I think we'll work well together."
CRS Team Director, Andrew Kirkaldy, has known Jeremy for a number of years after running him in Formula Renault. "Jeremy's drive at Oulton Park in 2006 is still the best Formula Renault performance I have ever seen," said Kirkaldy. "When things go his way he is unbeatable. The team will do everything they can to help him to get to grips with the Ferrari quickly and as soon as that happens he will be very fast. I think he and Luke will do a great job."
Ferrari no. 15: Michael Cullen and Paddy Shovlin
Michael and Paddy, the drivers of the "Irish Car" have already achieved great success racing Ferraris. Michael said recently, "We're not underestimating the competition as there are some good pairings this year but Paddy and I make a good team, we're very comfortable with the 430 and we're looking forward to having a lot of fun in British GTs."
The CR Scuderia team is at Silverstone today (6 March) for the British GT Media Day.