METCALFE JUST MISSES OUT ON DONINGTON PODIUM Single-seater ace Jeremy Metcalfe was unlucky to miss out on taking a deserved podium during round 11 of the Formula Renault UK season at Donington Park today, although his fourth place finish did...
METCALFE JUST MISSES OUT ON DONINGTON PODIUM
Single-seater ace Jeremy Metcalfe was unlucky to miss out on taking a deserved podium during round 11 of the Formula Renault UK season at Donington Park today, although his fourth place finish did lift him back into the championship top five.
The 18-year-old AKA Lemac star had qualified for the race a strong fifth on the grid and at the start of the 16-lap encounter he made a terrific getaway, enabling him to edge ahead of rival James Sutton as the cars rounded Redgate Corner for the first time.
Unable to make the pass conclusive on lap one, Jeremy continued to apply pressure to the fourth-placed runner and as the race entered lap eight the Fleet teenager looked a certain bet to overtake Sutton.
Try as he might there didn't seem to be a way past but at Redgate on lap 14, Jeremy produced perhaps the overtaking manoeuvre of race, up the inside, to seize fourth position and immediately set after third-placed Cheng Cong Fu.
With little more than a couple of laps remaining, the BillChaser-backed sensation did produce a sterling effort to reel in Cheng and at the finish Jeremy crossed the line just four 10ths of a second adrift of the podium.
The 22 points gained for fourth position enabled Jeremy to move back into the championship top five and his impressive pace also saw him post the fourth fastest lap of the race.
Speaking after round 11, the Hampshire driver commented: "We were really close to the podium at the end there but we just ran out of laps unfortunately. Cheng certainly seemed to be lacking pace towards the end of the race and had there been another couple of laps I'm sure we would have been on the podium.
"Fourth is a good result though, especially from fifth on the grid. I knew we had the pace compared to Sutton and over the last three laps we managed to pull out a gap of nearly four seconds so that was pleasing and proved we had a good car today."
Round 11, which was broadcast live on Motors TV this morning, will be replayed in full at 07.00 on Tuesday, 1st August. Sky Digital viewers are able to watch the action on channel 413 while NTL customers can tune in to the station on channel 173.