TOP SIX FOR METCALFE IN OULTON TEST Hampshire Formula Renault UK ace Jeremy Metcalfe heads into the third and fourth rounds of the season at Oulton Park this weekend bidding for his first victory of 2006 and after ending today's pre-race test ...
TOP SIX FOR METCALFE IN OULTON TEST
Hampshire Formula Renault UK ace Jeremy Metcalfe heads into the third and fourth rounds of the season at Oulton Park this weekend bidding for his first victory of 2006 and after ending today's pre-race test inside the top six, his plans remain firmly on course.
The 18-year-old AKA Lemac driver, who is backed this year by key sponsor BillChaser, concluded the first of the day's two 45-minute test sessions with the sixth fastest time, a lap of 1m 20.069 seconds (100.08mph) placing him well within striking distance of his fellow front-runners.
While the morning session was conducted in sunny and dry conditions, rainfall affected the afternoon test so none of the 27 drivers present were able to improve on their times from the earlier outing. Jeremy completed just eight laps during session two, very little likely to be gained from pounding round the 2.2-mile Island configuration in the wet.
"I'm happy with what we achieved during the morning", commented Jeremy, "We spent the first part of the test on older rubber and had it not been for the rain we would have gone much quicker on fresh tyres in the afternoon so we're feeling confident.
"There wasn't really anything to be gained from spending too much time on the track in the wet so it made more sense for us to look after our tyres and make sure the car is working well ahead of qualifying tomorrow and the first of the weekend's races."
Jeremy added: "Ideally I'm aiming to qualify on the front row and it'd be fantastic to achieve my first win of the year this weekend. For the championship standings though, it's important to achieve two strong results and that's our aim."
Ahead of rounds three and four of the season, the Fleet teenager is third in the driver standings having finished in second position during the first race of the season at Brands Hatch five weeks ago and subsequently achieving a fifth place finish in round two.
Qualifying and the third round of the 2006 Formula Renault UK Championship will take place tomorrow, Saturday, 13th May, while round four is scheduled to commence at 15.00 on Sunday, 14th May. The second of the races will be broadcast live on Motors TV, channel 413 of the Sky Digital platform.