SOLID THRUXTON POINTS ENSURE TOP FIVE SERIES FINISH FOR METCALFE Hampshire's Jeremy Metcalfe raced well to top five and top seven results during the final two rounds of the 2007 Formula Renault UK Championship at his home venue, Thruxton...
SOLID THRUXTON POINTS ENSURE TOP FIVE SERIES FINISH FOR METCALFE
Hampshire's Jeremy Metcalfe raced well to top five and top seven results during the final two rounds of the 2007 Formula Renault UK Championship at his home venue, Thruxton Circuit, today, Sunday, 14th October, to end the campaign a creditable fifth overall in the driver standings.
Marking the 19-year-old AKA Cobra driver's final competitive appearance at the wheel of a Formula Renault UK car, rounds 19 and 20 of the season saw Jeremy produce a brace of typically strong drives to improve on the fifth row grid starts he had for both outings which came on the back of a difficult qualifying run on Saturday.
Beginning the first of today's races in ninth position, the Fleet-based BRDC Rising Star made a terrific getaway from the line and rapidly moved into the top seven. Before the end of the opening lap, Jeremy was into fifth position thanks to some very smart driving and although he looked strong, his car's performance seemed to tail-off thereafter.
Following a three-lap Safety Car period, Jeremy wasn't able to extract the performance he needed as he struggled with grip at the rear of his car but he utilised all of his skill to climb as high as fourth on lap 13.
On the penultimate tour, Jeremy lost fourth position to Will Bratt into the Club Chicane and he then came under pressure from Japanese driver Ryuji Yamamoto on the run through Allard and up to the complex but he managed to hold on to fifth position to the end.
Round 20 saw Jeremy remain in his starting position of ninth for the first couple of laps but then on the third tour he produced an awesome piece of overtaking on the run through Church and up Woodham Hill, passing Apotex Scorpio Motorsport team-mates Will Bratt and David Epton for seventh place where he would remain to the finish.
"We couldn't have expected much better than the results we achieved today after qualifying", said Jeremy, "I think I've done as well as I could have, I made up some places and raced pretty well. The car felt better today than it did on Saturday but it just wasn't quick enough and especially on the run from the chicane through to the complex.
"After the Safety Car in the first race we had no rear-end grip which was a real problem and then in the second race I think we perhaps went too far the other way with our changes as I had some problems with grip at the front. Nonetheless, fifth and seventh places from the fifth row on the grid can't be considered too bad."
With a combined haul of 36 points from the weekend, Jeremy cemented fifth position in the championship standings to equal his finishing place from 2006. Taking a brace of wins and three other podiums this season, the Loughborough University student now has his sights set on fresh motorsport challenges in 2008.
"Unfortunately this weekend hasn't been the end I wanted to my Formula Renault career but I've had a couple of wins and some other podiums so I can't complain too much", he added, "It's been a tough season, we did hope to challenge for the title but sometimes the luck doesn't run with you and we've certainly not had the best fortune this year.
"We've got a variety of options to look at for 2008. We're not sure where we'll be or what we'll be racing but hopefully we'll be able to raise the budget we need and we can then start to think about taking part in some tests over the winter."