FIFTH PODIUM VISIT OF SEASON FOR METCALFE Jeremy Metcalfe emerged from Brands Hatch Indy Circuit today with his fifth podium finish of the 2007 Formula Renault UK Championship, the second in as many race meetings for the 19-year-old Hampshire ...
FIFTH PODIUM VISIT OF SEASON FOR METCALFE
Jeremy Metcalfe emerged from Brands Hatch Indy Circuit today with his fifth podium finish of the 2007 Formula Renault UK Championship, the second in as many race meetings for the 19-year-old Hampshire racer.
Lining up fourth on the grid for the second of today's two encounters, round 16 of the season, the Fleet-based sensation made a good start to retain his position and by lap six he looked to be putting third-placed AKA Cobra team-mate Adam Christodoulou under quite a bit of pressure.
Visibly quicker into key corners such as Graham Hill Bend, Jeremy just wasn't able to find a way past on the tight, twisty 1.2-mile Indy Circuit and although he continued to push, in the end he had to settle for fourth less than half a second shy of third place.
Several hours after the race, however, declared winner Duncan Tappy was excluded from the results due to his Fortec Motorsport car being deemed non-compliant with the regulations by Formula Renault UK Chief Scrutineer Keith Auld. Jeremy, therefore, was promoted into third place although Tappy and his team are to appeal the exclusion.
Round 15 took place on a wet but drying track as the opening race of the day and starting in 14th position on the grid after problems in qualifying, Jeremy knew any result around the top 10 would be a decent return.
After making a terrific start, the BillChaser-backed ace gained three places by the time he exited Paddock Hill Bend and after slipping a position to 12th on lap two, he then moved back into 11th after a mistake by Dean Smith on lap 11.
Capable of lap times quicker than the three cars ahead of him, Jeremy was sandwiched in a tight battle headed by eighth-placed Will Bratt but with overtaking opportunities very limited, especially considering the ever increasing dry racing line, the Loughborough University student had to settle for 11th position at the chequered flag.
"Fourth was a decent result in the second race, I felt I was definitely quicker than Adam (Christodoulou) and especially into the corners but it's so difficult to pass here" said Jeremy, "To find out I've been promoted to the podium because of (Duncan) Tappy's exclusion is obviously a boost although you'drather achieve it on the track.
"Nonetheless, the extra points are welcome and on drop scores we're just a single point outside the championship top five now. It's a shame the first qualifying session was so disappointing but we did at least make up some ground in the race itself and to gain a few places was as much as we could realistically have hoped for."
Metcalfe to race Porsche guest car at Knockhill Jeremy's adopted 'home' circuit, Donington Park, will host rounds 17 and 18 of the Formula Renault UK Championship three weeks from now on 8th/9th September on the Leicestershire venue's Grand Prix layout. Pre-event testing will precede the event on Wednesday, 5th September.
Away from its regular slot on the British Touring Car Championship package, Formula Renault UK will compete at Donington as support to the World Series by Renault with an expected crowd of over 100,000 spectators almost certain to attend.
Before then, however, Jeremy will make his first ever race appearance in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB Championship during the category's 17th and 18th rounds of the season at Knockhill Circuit in Scotland.
The drive is part of Jeremy's prize for being a finalist in the 2006 McLaren Autosport BRDC Award and will see him compete at the Fife venue at the wheel of the guest car which is run by Porsche GB. Jeremy's only prior experience of a 400bhp 911 GT3 Cup car came during last autumn's track evaluations for the aforementioned McLaren award.