METCALFE BACK INTO CHAMPIONSHIP TOP FIVE AT DONINGTON Jeremy Metcalfe produced two quality race performances at Donington Park Grand Prix Circuit today, Sunday, 9th September, during rounds 17 and 18 of the Formula Renault UK season to move back...
METCALFE BACK INTO CHAMPIONSHIP TOP FIVE AT DONINGTON
Jeremy Metcalfe produced two quality race performances at Donington Park Grand Prix Circuit today, Sunday, 9th September, during rounds 17 and 18 of the Formula Renault UK season to move back into the top five in the championship standings.
The 19-year-old BRDC Rising Star raced superbly from 13th on the grid to seventh place during the first of today's two outings, before securing a top five finish during the second encounter having qualified 10th on the grid.
Bagging a total of 36 points from the weekend, Jeremy is now fifth overall in the 2007 Formula Renault UK driver standings with just two races remaining, five points clear of his closest pursuer.
Lining up on row seven for the first of today's two races, the Fleet-based sensation enjoyed an absolutely barnstorming opening lap to climb from 13th spot to seventh and over the next few tours he started to shadow sixth-placed Will Bratt who was battling for fifth with Alex Morgan.
As the race started to near its conclusion, Jeremy came under more pressure from the cars behind but the AKA Cobra ace did a sterling job to keep his rivals at bay and take the chequered flag just a couple of seconds shy of the top six.
Round 18 saw a similarly impressive performance from the BillChaser-backed racer who started on row five, albeit one spot higher than expected due to the fact Adriano Buzaid was unable to take part due to car damage sustained in the earlier encounter.
Making a good getaway, Jeremy gained a couple of positions on the opening tour before the Safety Car was deployed in order to allow the recovery of two stricken Formula Renaults from the Old Hairpin gravel.
At the re-start on lap five, the Loughborough University student saw an opportunity to pass sixth-placed Alex Morgan and at Melbourne Hairpin he gained the position. Just ahead, meanwhile, fourth-placed Richard Singleton was beginning to come under pressure himself from Will Bratt and on lap nine the former went off at the Old Hairpin.
This enabled Jeremy to gain another position and move into the top five where he would remain to the flag. Struggling for pace during the closing stages, however, Jeremy used all of his skill to stay ahead of Morgan and AKA Cobra team-mate Adam Christodoulou to the finish.
"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", said Jeremy, "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."
With approximately 135,000 spectators said to have attended the World Series by Renault-supporting event throughout the course of the weekend, the race meeting was certainly one of the biggest of Jeremy's career and he has another large event awaiting him five weeks from now, the season finale at Thruxton on 13th/14th October.
With the ultra-fast Hampshire speed-bowl situated close to Jeremy's home town of Fleet, the second visit of the year to Thruxton promises to be action-packed and the 2006 McLaren Autosport BRDC Award finalist is very much looking forward to competing at his 'home' venue once again.