AWESOME METCALFE CONQUERS RAIN AT OULTON Formula Renault UK ace Jeremy Metcalfe stunned his rivals and provided them with a lesson in wet weather driving at Oulton Park this afternoon, Saturday, 13th May,scything his way from 14th position on...
AWESOME METCALFE CONQUERS RAIN AT OULTON
Formula Renault UK ace Jeremy Metcalfe stunned his rivals and provided them with a lesson in wet weather driving at Oulton Park this afternoon, Saturday, 13th May,scything his way from 14th position on the grid to an astonishing second place -- and all in the space of one corner!
The 18-year-old AKA Lemac star, who had endured a torrid time in both of today's earlier qualifying sessions for the third and fourth rounds of the season, underlined his superb racecraft in appalling conditions during the first of the weekend's races on the 2.2-mile Island Circuit to move into second position in the championship standings.
Having made an electric start off the line, Jeremy immediately began passing cars on the run to Old Hall Corner and while chaos ensued ahead of him, the Fleet sensation held his nerve as he cut back to the inside of the first turn to move into an amazing second place heading down the hill to Cascades.
Due to the carnage on the opening lap, which resulted in several cars retiring from the race almost immediately, the Safety Car was deployed in time for the start of lap two and with rain continuing to fall the re-start eventually came on lap seven.
Jeremy instantly latched on to race leader, and pole-sitter, Markus Niemela and while putting an ever increasing gap between himself and third placed Josh Fisher, the AKA driver certainly had aspirations of challenging Niemela for the lead.
Wisely though, the BillChaser-backed star opted to bring his car home safely in a terrific second position and take 28 very welcome points, moving him to within just eight points of the championship lead and leapfrogging team-mate Patrick Hogan in the process.
Commenting on his memorable race, a delighted Jeremy said: "I got a very good start with no wheel-spin at all and passed about six cars going through the first corner. Of the cars ahead of me, almost everyone had wheel-spin through Old Hall so I cut back across and got brilliant drive on the inside.
"There were loads of cars on the outside of the corner going sideways and crashing, but I just got the traction and drive I needed on the inside. To make 12 places up in only one corner is amazing.
"I did think about having a go for the lead later on but it was very slippery so it was best to take it easy and be happy with second place, which is more than I could possibly have wished for after such a bad time in qualifying. Tomorrow will be tough again as we start on row six but I'm looking forward to it."
For tomorrow's fourth round of the championship, which is expected to get underway at 15.00 and will be covered live on digital satellite station Motors TV, Jeremy lines up in 12th position on the grid and will therefore be looking for a similarly excellent start to the one he produced in today's race. Motors TV is available at channel 413 on Sky Digital.
It is also worth noting, after round four qualifying it became clear Jeremy's car had been hampered during both of the 20-minute sessions by a small problem which limited power output -- thus resulting in the two uncharacteristic mid-grid qualifying results.