CHAMPIONSHIP PREPARATIONS CONTINUE APACE FOR METCALFE Hampshire single-seater star Jeremy Metcalfe continued his pre-season Formula Renault UK preparations at Snetterton Circuit in Norfolk today happy with his progress after concluding the day...
CHAMPIONSHIP PREPARATIONS CONTINUE APACE FOR METCALFE
Hampshire single-seater star Jeremy Metcalfe continued his pre-season Formula Renault UK preparations at Snetterton Circuit in Norfolk today happy with his progress after concluding the day sixth fastest and quickest of the AKA Cobra team drivers.
Although he was also inside the top six during the opening day of the test yesterday, Wednesday, 7th March, the BRDC Rising Star wasn't best pleased with his performance but a regrouped approach today left the 18-year-old feeling much happier and with growing confidence with just over three weeks remaining until the first race of the year.
After posting a best lap of 1m 05.208 seconds (107.766mph) on Wednesday, Jeremy went faster today to shave another 10th of a second off his time with a lap of 1m 05.125 seconds (107.903mph) this morning.
Unfortunately, his plans to make further inroads towards the top three were scuppered when the afternoon session was cancelled by Renault Sport UK officials following an accident involving Manor Competition's Kris Loane (Kesh, Co.Fermanagh) which saw the Northern Irishman's front wing suffer a breakage.
With concerns over safety, championship organisers rightly took the decision to investigate the problem thoroughly ahead of next Tuesday's official test at Brands Hatch in Kent, meaning today's outing at Snetterton concluded a session early.
"We had a very good day today, I'm very happy with what we achieved this morning and I'm confident we would have been back among the top three or four this afternoon had the session gone ahead", said the Loughborough University student.
"Obviously, it's important on the grounds of safety for Renault to look into the problem with the front wing so hopefully everything will be sorted out in time for Brands Hatch next week as it's only a few days away."
He added: "Yesterday wasn't a great day for us, even though we still ended up in the top six, but we regrouped this morning and instantly went much better. I'm confident we're making the progress we need to ahead of the first round at the end of the month."
In light of the front wing failure which arose today, there is some concern next week's test at Brands Hatch Indy Circuit may not go ahead. Renault Sport officials, however, are confident the test will take place as planned on Tuesday, 13th March.