STRONG START TO OFFICIAL TESTING FOR METCALFE McLaren Autosport BRDC Award finalist Jeremy Metcalfe concluded the opening day of official Formula Renault UK testing at Northamptonshire's Rockingham Motor Speedway happy with his progress after ...
STRONG START TO OFFICIAL TESTING FOR METCALFE
McLaren Autosport BRDC Award finalist Jeremy Metcalfe concluded the opening day of official Formula Renault UK testing at Northamptonshire's Rockingham Motor Speedway happy with his progress after setting the third fastest time today for the AKA Cobra team.
The 18-year-old Loughborough University student, who hails from Fleet in Hampshire, enjoyed his first outing of the pre-season with the new-for-2007 aerodynamic update kit fixed to his car and after ending the three-hour morning session fourth overall, Jeremy improved by six 10ths of a second during the afternoon to post the third quickest time.
His best lap, 1m 16.221 seconds (92.052mph), saw the BRDC Rising Star end the first day of the test just three 10ths of a second adrift of the top of the times. However, with more experience of the 1.95-mile Rockingham International Supersports layout tomorrow, Jeremy is confident he stands a great chance of leading the way.
"It's been a good day, obviously I'd have liked to be fastest but to end the test third overall is a good base to start from", commented the BillChaser and Focus IT-backed star, "Hopefully tomorrow will be just as rewarding and we'll make more progress."
While cold winds were prevalent throughout the morning, rain threatened to fall towards the end of the session but skies brightened during the afternoon to ensure everyone would benefit from a full day of dry testing.
"I enjoyed getting to grips with the new aero kit today", added Jeremy, "Obviously everyone started the day on a pretty level footing due to the new upgrade but we started coming into our own a bit more during the afternoon so I'm fairly happy. There are a lot of miles of testing before the season starts but, as it stands, we're feeling confident."
Day two of official Formula Renault UK pre-season testing takes place at Rockingham's International Supersports circuit tomorrow, Friday, 2nd March.
As a shared day with the Formula BMW UK Championship, the Formula Renault UK runners will have the benefit of three sessions during the day -- the first is scheduled to start at 10.00, session two is expected to begin at 12.55 and the final session should commence at 15.00.