METCALFE STARTS SILVERSTONE WEEKEND STRONGLY Jeremy Metcalfe is on course for a golden conclusion to his second season of Formula Renault UK Championship action at Silverstone National Circuit this weekend, having ended official testing today a...
METCALFE STARTS SILVERSTONE WEEKEND STRONGLY
Jeremy Metcalfe is on course for a golden conclusion to his second season of Formula Renault UK Championship action at Silverstone National Circuit this weekend, having ended official testing today a very competitive third overall on the timesheets.
The 18-year-old, from Fleet in Hampshire, posted his fastest time of the day during the 35-minute afternoon session, a lap of 54.522 seconds (108.22mph) placing him just over a 10th of a second shy of the quickest time of all.
Heading into the weekend's 19th and 20th rounds of the season fifth in the championship standings, the AKA Lemac ace does stand an outside chance of finishing his campaign third in the driver standings and having impressed at the 1.64-mile Northamptonshire venue today, Jeremy is confident it will be one of his most successful events of 2006.
"It was good today, there was a lot of fog this morning which delayed the start but as soon as we got out on track the car felt brilliant and I'm confident we'll go well in qualifying tomorrow", said the delighted teenager at the end of the test.
"I didn't have the best of runs during the morning session as I didn't really string a good enough lap together but this afternoon everything went very well and to finish third is a great result. We stand a great chance of ending the season on a real high this weekend, I'm looking forward to doing a good job in qualifying tomorrow."
Although not entirely happy with his best lap from the morning session, Jeremy was still competitive with a time of 55.011 seconds (107.25mph) placing him seventh fastest on the timesheets.
With four podiums already under his belt this season, the BillChaser-backed star is bidding to add another brace of rostrums to his tally this weekend. However, he is also focused on challenging for his first race victory of the season having secured his maiden Formula Renault UK success during the 2005 Winter Championship last November.
Qualifying ahead of the final two races of the season will take place tomorrow, Saturday, 14th October, with the round 19 session starting at 09.35 and round 20 qualifying getting underway at 14.55.
Both races will be held on Sunday, 15th October, with round 19 beginning the day's track action at 09.00 and the 20th and final round of the season scheduled to commence at 14.15.