METCALFE NAMED AS McLAREN AUTOSPORT BRDC AWARD FINALIST Formula Renault UK sensation Jeremy Metcalfe has spoken of his delight after being named as one of the finalists for the highly prestigious McLaren Autosport BRDC Award. The 18-year-old...
METCALFE NAMED AS McLAREN AUTOSPORT BRDC AWARD FINALIST
Formula Renault UK sensation Jeremy Metcalfe has spoken of his delight after being named as one of the finalists for the highly prestigious McLaren Autosport BRDC Award.
The 18-year-old Hampshire star, who finished fifth overall in the 2006 Formula Renault UK Championship with four podiums to his credit, rightly sees the achievement of being nominated for the world-renowned annual award as a truly outstanding end to the year.
Jeremy is one of just six young British single-seater drivers selected for the final stages of the competition by a panel of judges including British Racing Drivers Club (BRDC) President, and 1996 Formula One World Champion, Damon Hill, McLaren's head of test and race engineering Steve Hallam and former Formula One driver Martin Brundle.
With increased involvement this year from Jonathan Palmer's MotorSportVision organisation, the two-day evaluation process for the McLaren Autosport BRDC Award will once again take place at the 1.95-mile Snetterton Circuit in Norfolk and will see Jeremy put through his paces in three very different, world class racing cars.
Alongside his first ever run in a 425bhp World Series by Renault single-seater, the Fleet teenager will also have the opportunity to get behind the wheel of a Porsche Carrera Cup car and will get the incredibly rare opportunity to experience the power and handling of a Mercedes C-class DTM touring car.
"It's absolutely amazing to be nominated for the McLaren Autosport BRDC Award", said the Formula Renault UK race winner, "This really does cap off a good year for me and I am delighted to have been put forward by the panel of judges, I'd like to express my thanks to them for giving me such a fantastic opportunity.
"The chance to drive such an array of incredible cars is superb and while I am obviously really looking forward to being able to drive the World Series by Renault car, I can't wait to get behind the wheel of the DTM at a fast track like Snetterton -- that will be something very special indeed.
"To have been nominated for this award in only my second year in cars makes me feel very proud of what we've achieved so far. To take part in the evaluation is incredible but to win would be an amazing bonus."
Should Jeremy emerge successful from the two-day track evaluation at Snetterton, and an additional interview at the McLaren F1 Team headquarters, he will not only join a star-studded list of past award winners, the BillChaser, J S Sharpe and Focus IT-backed driver would also receive a cheque for 0x00a350,000, a GP2 test and an F1 test with McLaren.
Former winners of the McLaren Autosport BRDC Award include current F1 drivers David Coulthard and Jenson Button, McLaren test driver Gary Paffett, newly crowned Formula 3 Euroseries Champion Paul Di Resta and the reigning GP2 Champion Lewis Hamilton -- to follow in their wheel-tracks would be an incredible achievement for Jeremy.
With a glittering career in karting behind him, including title success in the 2000 MSA British Cadet Karting Championship and the high-profile 2003 Parma Industrials Karting Championship, Jeremy stepped-up to single-seater racing in 2005 and soon achieved his first race victory in cars at Croft during the final round of the four-race winter series.
This season, Jeremy quickly established himself as a genuine championship front-runner with second position in the opening race of the 2006 Formula Renault UK Championship before going on to enjoy his best weekend of the year at Oulton Park where he achieved a double-podium.
Further rostrum success came at Donington Park Grand Prix Circuit during round 15 with second place and Jeremy was named ELF/Atol Driver of the Day on two occasions during the season.
Impressively, he also emerged victorious in the battle for the Donington Park Racing Association Club (DPRAC) Cup, becoming the highest-scoring British driver during the four Formula Renault UK races which were contested at the Leicestershire venue this year. Success in the McLaren Autosport BRDC Award though would clearly be the pinnacle of Jeremy's racing career to date.
The two-day track evaluation and interview at McLaren will take place later in November while the 2006 McLaren Autosport BRDC Award winner will be announced at the annual Autosport Magazine Awards evening, held at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London, on Sunday, 3rd December.