FIRST NON-FINISH OF SEASON FOR UNLUCKY METCALFE Hampshire single-seater ace Jeremy Metcalfe is this evening ruing a costly error during today's seventh round of the 2007 Formula Renault UK Championship at Croft Circuit which resulted in the AKA...
FIRST NON-FINISH OF SEASON FOR UNLUCKY METCALFE
Hampshire single-seater ace Jeremy Metcalfe is this evening ruing a costly error during today's seventh round of the 2007 Formula Renault UK Championship at Croft Circuit which resulted in the AKA Cobra driver recording his first non-finish of the season.
After emerging from a two-day official test session at the North Yorkshire venue two weeks ago with the fastest time of all, the 19-year-old from Fleet had high expectations of being able to challenge for his second win of the current campaign this weekend but a tricky qualifying session this morning certainly didn't do Jeremy any favours.
Unable to string together lap times he was happy with, the BRDC Rising Star ended the sole 20-minute session with the eighth fastest qualifying time for round seven and the seventh best lap for round eight.
Getting away well from row fourat the beginning ofthis afternoon's encounter, Jeremy quickly passed Richard Singleton and then by the end of lap one he had also made his way past sixth-placed Alexander Sims to cap an excellent opening tour.
Running in a strong sixth position, Jeremy looked assured a minimum of 18 points but at the chicane on lap five things went horribly wrong for the Loughborough University student when he glanced the kerbs too hard. The result saw his left-front suspension break meaning he was forced to retire on the spot.
Dealing a bitter blow to his championship bid, Jeremy's first non-finish of the season means he is now joint-fifth in the driver standings on 121 points with round seven race winner Will Bratt.
"I'm bitterly disappointed but we need to look forward to tomorrow now and hope we can salvage some decent points from the weekend", said the despondent teenager, "Things were going quite well, I'd already made up two places on the first lap, but I just caught the kerb at the chicane too hard on lap five and that was it.
"We were very strong in the test two weeks ago and had a lot of confidence coming into this weekend but qualifying just didn't work out. Hopefully if I can make another good start tomorrow we should have the pace to challenge for a top five result."
The second of this weekend's races, round eight, is scheduled to take place at 14.00 tomorrow, Sunday, 3rd June. Digital satellite and cable subscription broadcaster Setanta Sports 1 will screen the 15-lap race live.