METCALFE QUICK AT OULTON DESPITE NECK INJURY Formula Renault UK star Jeremy Metcalfe can rightfully expect to aim for his first race win of 2006 at Oulton Park Island Circuit in a little over a fortnight's time after concluding today's official...
METCALFE QUICK AT OULTON DESPITE NECK INJURY
Formula Renault UK star Jeremy Metcalfe can rightfully expect to aim for his first race win of 2006 at Oulton Park Island Circuit in a little over a fortnight's time after concluding today's official test session at the Cheshire venue second fastest overall.
The Fleet resident, currently third in the driver standings following the opening two rounds of the season at Brands Hatch earlier this month, arrived at Oulton Park suffering from a minor neck problem but the AKA Lemac ace refused to succumb to his injury, ending the day with a best lap of 1m 18.898 seconds.
Characteristically fast, Jeremy's quickest time of the afternoon was just two 10ths of a second adrift of the best set by experienced team-mate Patrick Hogan, having improved his time from the day's opening session by well over a second.
Commenting on the test, Jeremy said: "It's been a good day and I'm happy with my performance although I wasn't feeling 100 per cent fit due to a bit of an injury to my neck which I picked up playing football.
"Generally things went well but I did get frustrated on a few occasions as some of my faster laps were compromised by some slower drivers. I'm very happy we've been quick today and I'm confident things will go well when we return to Oulton Park in a couple of weeks for the next two races."
He added: "Both of my team-mates used new brake pads but I didn't, so considering we know they're worth at least a couple of 10ths of a second difference in lap times, I think with all things being equal there would have been absolutely nothing between Paddy (Hogan) and myself. I'm very pleased with the way today has gone for us."
Having already opened his 2006 account with second position during the first race of the season, the BillChaser-backed star is now aiming to go one better at Oulton Park next month and add another race victory to the maiden win he achieved during the 2005 Formula Renault UK Winter Championship.
Qualifying and round three of the Formula Renault UK season takes place on Saturday, 13th May, with the second of the weekend's races -- which will be broadcast live on Motors TV, channel 413 of the Sky Digital platform - scheduled for Sunday, 14th May.