SECOND ROW START PUTS METCALFE IN FRAME FOR BRANDS PODIUM Hampshire Formula Renault UK front-runner Jeremy Metcalfe is aiming to make his fifth visit to the podium of 2007 at Brands Hatch Indy Circuit tomorrow after posting the fourth fastest...
SECOND ROW START PUTS METCALFE IN FRAME FOR BRANDS PODIUM
Hampshire Formula Renault UK front-runner Jeremy Metcalfe is aiming to make his fifth visit to the podium of 2007 at Brands Hatch Indy Circuit tomorrow after posting the fourth fastest time in round 16 qualifying at the Kent venue earlier this afternoon.
The 19-year-old Loughborough University student, who at present is residing in his home town of Fleet, produced a best lap of 44.592 seconds (96.76mph) during the second of today's two 20-minute qualifying sessions to secure a second row start for round 16 of the championship, just two 10ths of a second shy of pole position.
Unfortunately for Jeremy, this morning's round 15 session wasn't as positive with the AKA Cobra ace unable to extract the pace he needed in order to mount a bid for the first couple of rows on the grid.
As the first session of the day, the Formula Renault UK runners had to contend with a wet track following earlier rain and although Jeremy was particularly strong during the early stages, holding pole position for a while, as the track dried the wet weather set-up on his car lacked the necessary performance and he ended up 14th fastest.
With overtaking on the short 1.2-mile Indy Circuit incredibly difficult in the 'slicks and wings' Formula Renault UK cars, Jeremy knows a good start to both of Sunday's 24-lap encounters -- particularly round 15 where he lines up on row seven -- will be crucial.
"Fourth on the grid isn't too bad for the second race and it's obviously much better than the 14th place we took in the first qualifying session", commented the BRDC Rising Star, "At least we have a chance of challenging for the podium in round 16 and that's where I aim to be. I know we can lap consistently well so I'm confident of a good result.
"The first race is going to be very difficult. Qualifying well is of paramount importance at Brands Hatch Indy, more so than any other circuit we race at, so we've given ourselves a lot of work to do. Hopefully I can get away strongly though, try to make a few positions on the first lap and score as many points as possible."
Round 15 of the Formula Renault UK Championship season is scheduled to begin at 10.00 tomorrow, Sunday, 19th August, with round 16 expected to follow at 17.00.