THRUXTON PODIUMS ON THE CARDS FOR LOCAL ACE METCALFE Jeremy Metcalfe is aiming to make a return to the Formula Renault UK podium during the fifth and sixth rounds of the season at Thruxton tomorrow, Sunday, 6th May, after securing second row ...
THRUXTON PODIUMS ON THE CARDS FOR LOCAL ACE METCALFE
Jeremy Metcalfe is aiming to make a return to the Formula Renault UK podium during the fifth and sixth rounds of the season at Thruxton tomorrow, Sunday, 6th May, after securing second row starts for both encounters during qualifying earlier today.
The 19-year-old, who hails from nearby Fleet in Hampshire, has already stood atop the podium once this year after taking victory during the first race of the year at Brands Hatch and while the AKA Cobra ace believes a brace of podiums are the most realistic aim, he certainly isn't ruling out the possibility of challenging for another race win.
During this morning's round five qualifying session, the BillChaser-backed star produced the third fastest time with a lap of 1m 10.416 seconds (120.43mph), less than two 10ths of a second away from the front row of the grid.
Although closer to pole position pace during round six qualifying, relative to the gap between himself and the top spot during the first session, Jeremy ended up with a best time of 1m 10.857 seconds (119.68mph) to take fourth position on the grid for the second of Sunday's 16-lap races.
Holding third place once again until the last minute of the session, the BRDC Rising Star was pipped to the head of row two by championship leader Duncan Tappy who produced a quickest time a mere seven 100ths of a second faster on his final tour.
Speaking at the conclusion of today's action, Jeremy said: "I'm quite happy with a pair of second row starts, it's good to be back at Thruxton and we're closer to the pace than we were at Rockingham so I'm looking forward to two strong races tomorrow.
"Obviously we stand a better chance of trying to challenge for a win in the first race, being third on the grid for that one, and if we make a good start it's possible. If we can score a couple of podiums this weekend though, I'll be happy."
The fifth round of the 2007 Formula Renault UK Championship will take place at 11.35 tomorrow, Sunday, 6th May, with round six to follow at 16.05. Both races will be screened live on cable and digital satellite subscription channel Setanta Sports 2.