Formula Renault UK Championship leader Jeremy Metcalfe aims to further extend his 14-point advantage in the title chase when the series resumes at his 'home' circuit, Thruxton in Hampshire, on 3rd/4th June for rounds five and six of the ...
Formula Renault UK Championship leader Jeremy Metcalfe aims to further extend his 14-point advantage in the title chase when the series resumes at his 'home' circuit, Thruxton in Hampshire, on 3rd/4th June for rounds five and six of the season.
The 18-year-old AKA Lemac sensation, who is the only driver to have finished inside the top five during each of the four races which have so far been contested this season, has been nothing if not consistent this year and is confident of achieving the one thing which has eluded him up to now -- to win a round of the 2006 championship.
Having already tasted the winner's champagne in Formula Renault UK during last year's Winter Championship, the Fleet-based star has since gone on to excel as part of the AKA Lemac squad and even a brace of disappointing qualifying sessions at Oulton Park weren't enough to ruin his terrific start to the season.
Changeable conditions resulted in a shake up of the established order but even though Jeremy only managed to achieve 14th place on the grid for round three and 12th position on the grid for round four, a pair of outstanding drives -- which earned him a double 'Driver of the Day' award from Renault UK -- resulted in two unexpected podium finishes.
"Oulton Park threatened to be a wasted weekend after qualifying so to have come away with two podiums was fantastic", said Jeremy, "After the second session we did find out there was a problem with the engine but the team rectified that in time for the races and although we did need an element of luck starting so far back, the car was superb."
Now, the BillChaser-backed ace has his sights firmly focused on victory at Thruxton in front of a hometown crowd but with only two 45-minute sessions of testing available for the championship runners prior to the race weekend, finding an optimum car set-up for the two all-important qualifying sessions will be key.
Jeremy added: "I think we should be very strong at Thruxton. The team went well there last year and I love the circuit so I'm aiming for two pole positions and, ideally, a couple of wins. My main focus though is to stay in the lead of the championship so if that means we have to settle for a couple more podiums then I'll be satisfied.
"You always have to push though to strive for the maximum possible. In motorsport, the best form of defence is attack, if you're not overtaking someone yourself it's likely you'll end up being overtaken and that's especially the case in a championship as competitive as Formula Renault UK."
Jeremy's first on-track action at Thruxton will be during the pre-event test on Friday, 2nd June, with qualifying for the fifth and sixth rounds of the championship set to take place on Saturday, 3rd June, at 10.20 and 14.40 respectively.
Both of the weekend's races will be held on Sunday, 4th June, with round five starting at 13.55 and round six scheduled to conclude the day's proceedings at 17.30. The two races will be broadcast live on digital satellite station Motors TV, available through channel 413 of the Sky Digital platform and through cable provider NTL on channel 173.