DOUBLE ROCKINGHAM POINTS FINISH FOR RAPID METCALFE Hampshire sportscar racer Jeremy Metcalfe produced another points-scoring finish at Rockingham International Super Sports Car Circuit yesterday, Spring Bank Holiday Monday, 26th May, to leave...
DOUBLE ROCKINGHAM POINTS FINISH FOR RAPID METCALFE
Hampshire sportscar racer Jeremy Metcalfe produced another points-scoring finish at Rockingham International Super Sports Car Circuit yesterday, Spring Bank Holiday Monday, 26th May, to leave the Northamptonshire venue joint seventh in the 2008 Avon Tyres British GT Championship standings.
Driving the second stint of the one-hour race, round six of the season, the Fleet based 20-year-old produced pace approximately two seconds per lap quicker than his rivals to climb from 14th position into a top six finish at the chequered flag.
Carving his way through the order at the wheel of his GT3 Class CR Scuderia Ferrari 430, Jeremy handled the incredibly tricky conditions very well -- intermittent rain playing havoc with the slick-shod cars.
On his first lap, the British Racing Drivers' Club (BRDC) Rising Star instantly started to make inroads into the significant advantage held by the drivers ahead and climbed into seventh position before the deployment of the Safety Car 10 minutes from the end.
Round six actually concluded under cautionary conditions with the Lamborghini of Leo Machitski and Jason Templeman then going on to spin out of the lead while behind the Safety Car.
Rejoining in fifth place, the car was later disqualified from the results meaning Jeremy and team-mate Luke Hines picked up a sixth place finish to add to the top five achieved on Sunday during round five.
"The conditions were very difficult, the track was dry one minute, then it started to spit with rain and then it would dry up again", commented Jeremy, "When I took over the car for my stint we were 14th but I was quick straight away, about two seconds a lap quicker than anyone else at that point so I was really happy with that.
"Finishing sixth from 14th was the best we could have hoped for. I did the best I could this weekend but we were always going to be at a bit of a disadvantage compared to the Vipers and Lamborghinis at Rockingham. Today's race was quite good, I drove consistently on the limit of what I thought was safe so I'm satisfied with that."
He added: "Taking into account Sunday's result as well, we're not looking in bad shape in the championship so I'm really looking forward to the next couple of races in two weeks at Snetterton. We should be out at Thruxton on Wednesday too for testing so hopefully we'll try a few different things and complete some good work there."
As Jeremy states, the CRS team will be back in action at his local track, Thruxton Circuit in Hampshire, tomorrow, Wednesday, 28th May, for testing purposes. Rounds seven and eight of the 2008 Avon Tyres British GT Championship follow just under two weeks from now on 7th/8th June at Snetterton Circuit in Norfolk.