KNOCKHILL DISAPPOINTMENT FOR METCALFE Erstwhile Formula Renault UK Championship leader Jeremy Metcalfe returned home to Hampshire this evening happy to see the back of Knockhill after a bitterly disappointing weekend at the Scottish venue. The...
KNOCKHILL DISAPPOINTMENT FOR METCALFE
Erstwhile Formula Renault UK Championship leader Jeremy Metcalfe returned home to Hampshire this evening happy to see the back of Knockhill after a bitterly disappointing weekend at the Scottish venue.
The 18-year-old AKA Lemac ace, who now faces the pressure of sitting two vital A-level exams tomorrow, is looking ahead to renewing his title challenge during the next two rounds of the season at Croft Circuit next month after enduring his most difficult races of the season at a very wet Knockhill earlier today.
Having had no time to prepare ahead of the weekend, Jeremy was forced to miss Friday's pre-event test session due to yet more A-level exams, the missed track time proved to be crucial in qualifying.
Lining up in an uncharacteristic 14th position on the grid for round seven of the season, Jeremy made a good getaway initially but on lap five he suffered a heavy impact into the tyre wall after being taken out of contention by French driver Franck Mailleux.
With a great deal of damage to his front and rear suspension, the AKA mechanics did a good job to repair the Fleet teenager's BillChaser-backed car in time for round eight and with rain falling as heavy as it had all weekend prior to the start of the race, there was no doubt at all every driver would be electing to use wet weather tyres.
When the race finally got underway in driving rain, Jeremy made good inroads early on and climbed from 15th on the grid to an eventual 10th position. Another big accident though, this time involving AKA team-mate Peter Rees and Swedish driver Daniel Roos, resulted in the red flags being shown and a race result declared after just seven laps.
"I'm very disappointed with the weekend from start to finish really", said Jeremy at the end of the eighth round, "We knew it would always be a struggle, what with having never raced at Knockhill before and missing Friday's test, but we did hope for more.
"It was frustrating to be taken out of the first race and while the points from the second race could prove to be crucial at the end of the season, the conditions were far too dangerous to be racing in as far as I'm concerned."
Jeremy added: "It's back to the classroom tomorrow for my A-levels but then my focus will turn to Croft, I want at least two podiums there and I'm confident we'll be on the pace. We have lost a little bit of ground in the championship after this weekend so I aim to put that right during the next round and re-assert ourselves as title contenders."
The next on-track action for Jeremy will be an official Formula Renault UK test day at Snetterton Circuit in Norfolk on Tuesday, 27th June. Rounds nine and 10 of the 2006 season will then follow on 15th/16th July at North Yorkshire's Croft Circuit with a pre-event test scheduled for Friday, 14th July.