UK: AKA Cobra Donington II race notes

AKA COBRA BATTLE FOR POINTS AT DONINGTON Bardon, Leicestershire -- 10 September 2007: The AKA Cobra team battled on at Donington Park this weekend and made good progress despite the frustrations thrown their way. Jeremy Metcalfe has now...


Bardon, Leicestershire -- 10 September 2007: The AKA Cobra team battled on at Donington Park this weekend and made good progress despite the frustrations thrown their way. Jeremy Metcalfe has now moved up a place in the Championship to fifth whilst Adam Christodoulou is now odds-on favourite to win the Graduate Cup.

Jeremy Metcalfe:

"After qualifying was so bad, particularly when you think back to how fast we were in testing on Wednesday, what we achieved in the races was quite good really and to finish where we did is a pretty decent return. In the first race it was the opening lap which really set me up for a decent result, I made up a lot of places. To start with in the second race things felt good but towards the end I struggled quite badly to stay in fifth, the guys behind were faster but I managed to hold on which was good considering I came though from ninth at the start. All in all it's not a bad set of results and at least we're back into the championship top five which is good."

Adam Christodoulou:

"We struggled a bit at the test here on Wednesday; we started okay but then went backwards but we were confident we had found the problem by the end of the day. I watched the Eurocup Renaults going round in Friday to try to work out where we could gain some time and I think that helped. Unfortunately we just didn't manage to get the times in qualifying. The session was very close and we were at the wrong end of the times. I started 16th in race one and managed to get up to 13th by the end of the first lap. I had a great time overtaking the guy in front, chasing down the next one, overtaking him and so on. I was running 10th towards the end and then I took one of the Manor cars going into the second to last corner on the last lap so I finished ninth. Considering the starting position that wasn't a bad result at all. I had an amazing start in race two, moving up from 15th to 11th. After sitting behind the safety car for a couple of laps I went after Chris (Holmes), battling with him for two laps before passing him going into Redgate. I was then catching Jeremy, Alex Morgan, Richard Singleton and Will Bratt. Singleton and Bratt had a coming together so I slipped through but I later understeered going into Coppice so Singleton got back past me. It wasn't over yet though as he then outbraked himself going into the Old Hairpin so I took seventh off him. Like in race one, considering the start position, the result is great. I lost a few points in the main Championship but the Graduate Cup is looking good!"

Chris Holmes:

"Wednesday's test went okay for me. The car felt good on old tyres and I was able to spend time learning the Grand Prix loop. I finished the day eighth and was quite happy about that. The car felt fine on qualifying but I struggled to get the positions and had to settle for 15th and 13th. I got away well at the start of race one but the car had a bit of understeer so I wasn't as quick as I would have liked to be. On around lap nine I ran over the exit kerb at the first corner and broke my right rear pick up so all I could do was park it. Race two was a bit of a strange one as the car felt like it was dragging its rear for some reason. I managed to get up to ninth but the car really wasn't right. We had a look at the car later on and there was nothing apparently wrong so it'll take us a bit longer to figure out what went wrong there. I was really hoping for a good weekend at Donington but we were thoroughly outpaced all weekend. Let's hope for better at Thruxton."

Nathan Caratti:

"I was pleased to get the fastest AKA Cobra time for the race one grid but then on my second fast lap the car played up so I was stuck down in 14th. Race one was a bit of a disaster for me as on the first lap, going into Macleans, I had a coming together with (Adriano) Buzaid and that was the end of my race. I got a pretty good start in race two and once the safety car had been out I managed to get past Chris and then ran in ninth for a couple of laps. Unfortunately the next time I got to the Melbourne hairpin the car wouldn't turn right and that was my second DNF of the weekend. All in all not a good event for me. I'm still waiting for my luck to turn and hoping it happens at Thruxton!"

Team Principal, Andrew Kirkaldy:

"We had a good test at Donington on Wednesday but then we had a frustrating qualifying session. The drivers, especially Jeremy and Adam, did a great job in the races considering their grid positions. It's very frustrating for Nathan as he was the top AKA Cobra qualifier but he just doesn't get any luck; I hope that changes for Thruxton. It's a similar story for Chris. A small mistake in race one and then a problem in race two that may well turn out to be a legacy of the damage from the first race."

-credit: aka cobra

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Series Formula Renault
Drivers Andrew Kirkaldy , Jeremy Metcalfe , Will Bratt , Nathan Caratti , Adam Christodoulou