Jeremy Metcalfe heads to Donington Park National Circuit a week from now determined to reinvigorate his 2006 Formula Renault UK Championship bid and make an overdue return to his rightful spot on the podium. After a terrific start to only his ...
Jeremy Metcalfe heads to Donington Park National Circuit a week from now determined to reinvigorate his 2006 Formula Renault UK Championship bid and make an overdue return to his rightful spot on the podium.
After a terrific start to only his second season in car racing, the AKA Lemac sensation has experienced something of a downturn in fortunes during recent rounds but he is still within the top six in the title standings and confident of moving back up the order during rounds 11 and 12 of the year at Donington Park.
"We were fast during winter testing", said Jeremy, "But if we continue to have this very hot weather when we get to Donington next week it'll make what we learned with all of the testing miles pretty irrelevant as it was very cold the last time we were there.
"Having said that, I'm confident we'll run at the front and I'm aiming for nothing less than a couple of podiums as I want to get my championship back on track. I was a little bit disappointed with the second race at Croft but things like that happen. We haven't had the best run lately but we've still been scoring fairly well and that's the main thing."
With three podiums, two top four results and a further top five finish already under his belt in 2006, Jeremy is certainly one of the most consistent drivers in Formula Renault UK and this is reflected by his current position in the championship standings -- just 11 points shy of the coveted top three.
As Donington marks the beginning of the second half of the 20-round season, the Fleet teenager knows he must continue to finish consistently well during the remaining 10 races but he is also keen to secure his first victory of the season and sees absolutely no reason why this can't be achieved in just over a week's time.
The 18-year-old BillChaser-backed star added: "I do like Donington, it has a really good variation of corners which suit my driving style so we're going into the weekend in a positive frame of mind. I'm looking forward to the races and while I'm aiming to be on the podium, it'd be fantastic if we're in a position to win our first race of the year."
Pre-event testing will take place on the Thursday preceding the race meeting, 27th July, rather than its usual Friday slot, with round 11 qualifying to take place at 10.35 on Saturday, 29th July, and round 12 qualifying set to begin at 15.10.
On Sunday, 30th July, the first of the weekend's races is scheduled to get underway at 09.10 with round 12 expected to commence at 14.20. Both 16-lap encounters will be broadcast live on Motors TV, channel 413 of the Sky Digital platform and via channel 173 through cable provider NTL.