METCALFE RELISHING DONINGTON GP CHALLENGE AKA Lemac ace Jeremy Metcalfe enjoyed a promising test at Donington Park Grand Prix Circuit this afternoon ahead of the 15th and 16th rounds of the Formula Renault UK season which take place at the ...
METCALFE RELISHING DONINGTON GP CHALLENGE
AKA Lemac ace Jeremy Metcalfe enjoyed a promising test at Donington Park Grand Prix Circuit this afternoon ahead of the 15th and 16th rounds of the Formula Renault UK season which take place at the Leicestershire venue this weekend, 9th/10th September.
The 18-year-old, from Fleet in Hampshire, arrived at Donington in confident mood and at the end of the afternoon's three-hour official test session Jeremy was rewarded with the fifth fastest time having posted a best lap of 1m 30.7 seconds (99.22mph).
Delighted with his pace on old tyres, the BillChaser-backed star couldn't quite make the most of newer rubber after a slight mistake at McLeans Corner but he is certain a top four grid placing is most definitely achievable during Saturday's qualifying session.
Acting as support at the weekend to the British round of the World Series by Renault, the Formula Renault UK Championship will unusually have just one 20-minute qualifying session to determine the grid for both of Sunday's races. Therefore, it will be critical for Jeremy to be up to speed in order to post a minimum of two consistently fast laps.
Speaking at the conclusion of today's test, Jeremy commented: "I'm very pleased with our performance this afternoon. We were fast on old tyres, which was good, but I didn't get the kind of lap I wanted on new tyres as I messed up a little bit at McLeans.
"I'm confident the weekend will be good though. Qualifying will be a bit weird as it's different to normal with just one session covering both races. It'll be important to get some clear track and be up to speed straight away but I'm sure we'll make the most of it and qualify strongly.
"The car felt very good today, especially on older rubber, but we know there is still work to do if we want to challenge for podiums. I'm looking forward to it though and hopefully we'll score strongly to remain in contention for the championship top three."
More than 50,000 spectators are expected to attend Donington Park at the weekend to watch the race action, undoubtedly the biggest crowd of the season for the Formula Renault UK Championship.
Heading into the race meeting, Jeremy is fifth overall in the driver standings -- just 15 points adrift of the championship top three -- and also in contention for the Donington Park Racing Association Club (DPRAC) Cup.
The latter will be awarded at the end of the weekend to the British driver who was amassed the most points over the course of the four Formula Renault UK races which will have been held at Donington Park this year. Rounds 11 and 12, of course, were held on the 1.95-mile National Circuit at the end of July.
Qualifying ahead of the 15th and 16th rounds of the Formula Renault UK season will take place at 13.25 on Saturday, 9th September. Both races will then be held on Sunday, 10th September, with round 15 starting at 10.00 and round 16 expected to begin at 16.00.