METCALFE AIMING FOR LIGHTNING STARTS AT BRANDS INDY AKA Lemac sensation Jeremy Metcalfe knows the start to rounds 17 and 18 of the Formula Renault UK season at Brands Hatch Indy Circuit tomorrow will be critical following a tricky day of ...
METCALFE AIMING FOR LIGHTNING STARTS AT BRANDS INDY
AKA Lemac sensation Jeremy Metcalfe knows the start to rounds 17 and 18 of the Formula Renault UK season at Brands Hatch Indy Circuit tomorrow will be critical following a tricky day of qualifying at the Kent venue.
Having shown excellent pace during Friday's test sessions, the Fleet 18-year-old was disappointed with the seventh fastest time in the first of today's qualifying periods after suffering a combination of understeer and oversteer problems.
Although his lap of 45.021 seconds (95.84mph) was just two 10ths of a second away from pole position, Jeremy's time sees him line-up at the head of row four for the first of tomorrow's races. But if he can make a good start to round 17, the BillChaser-backed star is confident he will able to challenge for a good finish well inside the top six.
"Qualifying seventh on the grid isn't very good really", commented Jeremy after the round 17 session, "It was my mistake though. In hindsight I didn't give the car enough of a chance to settle down before I came in to make some changes.
"I did about four or five laps but there was a lot of understeer so I came in to make some alterations to the set-up. On reflection though, four or five laps on the Indy Circuit is only like two laps at a longer track so I perhaps should have given the car more time to see what it could do before coming into the pits."
He added: "As soon as I came back out onto the track the car went into oversteer and then I didn't have another chance to come back in. I only had one lap in which to do a good time so seventh at least means we should be in a position to challenge for the top six if we can make good starts tomorrow."
For round 18, Jeremy will start ninth on the grid with his best lap of 45.388 seconds (95.06mph) three 10ths of a second shy of the pole position time. It looked as though an improvement would follow on his final lap of the 20-minute session but some errant driving by Oli Poyser prevented the Hampshire star from bettering his time.
Baulked on the way into the notorious Paddock Hill Bend as he started his last lap challenge for an improved grid slot, Jeremy had no choice but to back out of the lap as the visibly slower Poyser held the line all the way down the hill on the run to Druids.
Round 17 of the 2006 Formula Renault UK Championship will take place tomorrow, Sunday, 24th September, at 11.55 with round 18 following at 15.05. Both races will be covered live on Motors TV, channel 413 of the Sky Digital platform and channel 545 through cable provider NTL.