METCALFE HAPPY WITH SOLID SNETTERTON RESULTS Hampshire teenager Jeremy Metcalfe ensured he remains on course for a top three Formula Renault UK Championship finish in only his second season of car racing after a couple of solid results in...
METCALFE HAPPY WITH SOLID SNETTERTON RESULTS
Hampshire teenager Jeremy Metcalfe ensured he remains on course for a top three Formula Renault UK Championship finish in only his second season of car racing after a couple of solid results in today's 13th and 14th rounds of the year at Snetterton in Norfolk.
The BillChaser-backed 18-year-old, who races for the crack AKA Lemac squad, started the first of today's two outings from sixth on the grid and quickly moved up to fifth place after capitalising on a mistake by Italian Fabio Onidi.
By lap five, Jeremy was clearly catching the cars ahead of him -- even though his car had a damaged gear cable - with Markus Niemela visibly beginning to hold up fourth-placed Cheng Cong Fu who, in turn, was slowing down the AKA star's progress.
As the race neared its conclusion, Jeremy looked set to make a bid for fourth position as he closed right onto the rear wing of Niemela's car, the Finn having lost third position to Cheng on lap nine. At the chequered flag on lap 18 though, Jeremy just missed out on the top four after crossing the line only half a second shy of Niemela.
Round 14 would likely be a difficult race for the Fleet sensation as he started 10th on the grid after a tough time during the second qualifying session on Saturday. But Jeremy looked intent on making up places right from the off and by lap four he was into eighth.
Two laps later and Jeremy had moved into the top six behind Franck Mailleux but any further gains looked fairly unlikely until the Frenchman went wide onto the grass at the exit of Coram Curve on lap 17.
Presented with a great opportunity to move into the top five, Jeremy enjoyed a good run on Mailleux as he recovered over the grass onto the start/finish straight. However, as the AKA star attempted to pass his rival at Riches into the final lap he was forced wide and this allowed Daniel Roos to poach Jeremy 's position, relegating him to seventh place.
Commenting on his weekend, Jeremy said: "The first race was quite good, I'm happy with the pace we had but I had a problem with the gear cable so I wasn' t able to get into gear properly, sometimes it was completely cutting out and that almost certainly cost me about half a second a lap.
"It ended up ok, we finished higher than we started and even with the gear-shift problem I still felt confident. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to get the right gear at the Bomb Hole so lost a lot of time there but all in all, fifth place was good."
He added: "I was very happy with the way the second race had gone up until the last lap, I'm a bit frustrated with the outcome but that's racing. Mailleux went off and over the grass at the chicane and as he rejoined I had to try and get a run on him for the first corner as otherwise Roos would have tried to pass me.
"Apart from that, it was a good race and I'm very pleased to have finished in the top seven considering we only started 10th on the grid. The car was good, although we did have a little bit of understeer, but all in all I can't really complain."
Both of today's races will be replayed in full this Wednesday morning, 16th August, at 07.00 on Motors TV, channel 413 of the Sky Digital platform and through cable provider NTL on channel 173.
The Formula Renault UK Championship now takes a four-week break ahead of the 15th and 16th rounds of the season which will take place at Donington Park Grand Prix Circuit in Leicestershire on 9th/10th September.
Acting as support to the World Series by Renault's annual visit to Britain, the Formula Renault UK races will not only see competitors resuming their respective championship battles, they will also see British drivers vying for the prestigious Donington Park Racing Association Club (DPRAC) Cup.
Following the 11th and 12th rounds of the season which were contested at Donington in July, the British driver who ends up with the biggest points haul from the four races contested at the Leicestershire venue this season will be presented with the trophy.
Jeremy's next on-track action, however, will come during an exclusive day of Formula Renault UK testing at Silverstone National Circuit on Tuesday, 22nd August.