Hampshire motor racing star Jeremy Metcalfe makes his competitive sportscar debut at Oulton Park International Circuit this coming weekend driving a Ferrari 430 during the curtain-raiser to the 2008 Avon Tyres British GT Championship. Officially...
Hampshire motor racing star Jeremy Metcalfe makes his competitive sportscar debut at Oulton Park International Circuit this coming weekend driving a Ferrari 430 during the curtain-raiser to the 2008 Avon Tyres British GT Championship.
Officially unveiled as part of the CR Scuderia team at the British GT Championship Media Day a little under a fortnight ago, the 19-year-old from Fleet cannot wait to make his endurance racing debut after a three-year tenure in the Formula Renault UK series.
While the switch to sportscar racing does open an exciting new chapter in Jeremy's race career, the British Racing Drivers' Club (BRDC) 'Rising Star' is highly confident of adapting to the format quickly where he will share his GT3 Class No.16 Ferrari with experienced GT runner Luke Hines.
An interesting aside here is that when racing karts during his formative years, Jeremy competed for Luke's father Martin Hines in the prestigious Zip Young Guns squad.
With qualifying and round one taking place on Saturday, 22nd March, competitors will enjoy a break on Easter Sunday before returning to the Cheshire track on Easter Monday, 24th March, for the second one hour race of the weekend.
"I really am looking forward to next weekend, it'll be fantastic to be back in action and I'm very excited about having the opportunity to race the Ferrari", said Jeremy, "There are a number of drivers out there with a lot of experience but I'm not daunted by that. I have a great team-mate in Luke Hines and the whole CR Scuderia squad is superb.
"Even though I've only raced single-seaters since moving up from karting, I'm confident it shouldn't take too long to adapt to the endurance style of racing with the driver changes and pit-stops. I haven't had much time in the car but I still believe Luke and I can mount a serious challenge for race wins and championship honours. It should be a lot of fun."
Practice ahead of the first two races of the 2008 Avon Tyres British GT Championship season is scheduled to take place at 09.00 this Saturday, 22nd March, with qualifying commencing at approximately 12.50.
The first one hour endurance race will follow at 16.25 with the second encounter taking place on Easter Monday, 24th March, at around 13.10. There will also be a warm-up session for the GT competitors at 09.15 on Easter Monday.
Extensive highlights of each Avon Tyres British GT Championship race meeting during 2008 will be screened on Channel 4 and Motors TV.