RACE WINNER METCALFE AIMING FOR GLITTERING SEASON FINALE Hampshire single-seater star Jeremy Metcalfe is looking forward to a return to his 'home' venue Thruxton Circuit next weekend, 13th/14th October, for the final two rounds of the 2007...
RACE WINNER METCALFE AIMING FOR GLITTERING SEASON FINALE
Hampshire single-seater star Jeremy Metcalfe is looking forward to a return to his 'home' venue Thruxton Circuit next weekend, 13th/14th October, for the final two rounds of the 2007 Formula Renault UK season, the 19-year-old racer bidding to end what is likely to be his final season in the series with a brace of podium finishes.
The current campaign has been littered with bad luck for the AKA Cobra driver but through it all he has still produced some outstanding race performances, in particular his victory from pole position at Brands Hatch Indy Circuit at the beginning of the year and another superb win at Oulton Park Island Circuit mid-season.
In addition, a further podium at Thruxton during the first of the campaign's two meetings at the Hampshire venue and two more rostrum visits -- at Snetterton and during the second Brands Hatch Indy event of the year -- have also been major highlights.
Fifth in the driver standings on 297 points, the battle over a top five finish is set to be incredibly close next weekend and will undoubtedly provide a great spectacle with Riki Christodoulou and Richard Singleton within striking distance. Jeremy, however, will be fully focused on taking control of his own destiny by challenging at the front from the off.
The BillChaser-backed racer has shown a terrific never-say-die attitude throughout the season and during the official Formula Renault UK test at Thruxton in early August he prepared well by setting the sixth fastest time overall. Although relatively pleased with that result, he is hoping for better during qualifying a week on Saturday.
"I'm looking forward to Thruxton, we had a podium there earlier in the year and so I'd like to end the season with a couple more", said Jeremy, "Ideally I want to end the season with a win but we won't know where we are compared to the others until qualifying.
"I'm hopeful the weekend will be good as it's been quite a disappointing year with all of the bad luck we've had. We were quite strong during the Thruxton test a couple of months ago but the weather was warmer then so the order on the day isn't necessarily what it'll be next weekend. I'm confident we'll be strong though."
With a number of racing options open to the Loughborough University student in 2008, Jeremy's career path could go in any one of several directions but for the time being he is putting all of his effort into the final two races of the Formula Renault UK season.
"We haven't even started to make any decisions about the route we want to take next year but we'll look at doing some testing over the winter -- in what though I've no idea at the moment! For now, I'm only thinking about next weekend's races at Thruxton. When the championship is over, then we can start looking at what 2008 has in store for us."
Qualifying for rounds 19 and 20 of the 2007 Formula Renault UK Championship will take place on Saturday, 13th October, at 10.20 and 14.40 respectively. Both of the weekend's races will then be held on Sunday, 14th October, with round 19 scheduled to begin at 12.20 and round 20 expected to get underway at 17.00.