METCALFE SHOWS OUTSTANDING PACE ON PORSCHE RACE DEBUT Jeremy Metcalfe produced outstanding pace on his Porsche Carrera Cup GB race debut at Knockhill Circuit in Scotland this afternoon during the 17th round of the season, the BRDC Rising Star ...
METCALFE SHOWS OUTSTANDING PACE ON PORSCHE RACE DEBUT
Jeremy Metcalfe produced outstanding pace on his Porsche Carrera Cup GB race debut at Knockhill Circuit in Scotland this afternoon during the 17th round of the season, the BRDC Rising Star posting the fifth fastest lap of all before an unfortunate retirement halfway through the 32-lap encounter.
The Formula Renault UK regular, who this weekend is making his saloon car debut in the highly prestigious Porsche Carrera Cup GB as part of his prize for being a finalist in last year's McLaren Autosport BRDC Award, made a superb getaway at the start of the race to gain three places on the opening lap.
Having started 10th on the grid after posting a best lap of 51.515 seconds (88.83mph) during this morning's 30-minute qualifying session, the Fleet-based teenager ran an excellent seventh as the cars entered lap two at the 1.27-mile Fife track although on lap four, seasoned campaigner Nigel Rice passed Jeremy to demote him into eighth.
Getting quicker and quicker, Jeremy moved back into seventh place on lap seven and running just three 10ths of a second outside the top six, the Loughborough University Banking & Finance student then set the fourth fastest race lap on the eighth tour with a time of 52.090 seconds in his immaculately prepared Porsche Motorsport-run car.
Losing ground over the next few laps with a flat-spotted tyre, Jeremy started to re-assert himself on lap 12 and then on lap 14 he became only the fourth driver at that point to dip under the 52 second barrier with a superb time of 51.871 seconds, closing the gap to sixth-placed Andy Britnell to just two 10ths of a second as they entered lap 15.
Making tremendous progress, hopes were high for a highly competitive top six result but on entry to the hairpin on lap 15 Jeremy locked all four wheels under braking, the result seeing him forced into the gravel trap on the exit. Although he recovered back onto the circuit and headed for the pits, retirement would follow.
Obviously disappointed to be forced out of the race, Jeremy was nonetheless delighted with his outstanding pace -- which saw him lap quicker than established front-runners James Sutton and Jon Barnes -- and the Hampshire sensation is confident of an excellent showing tomorrow morning during round 18.
"Our pace was really good today and I'm pretty pleased with how strong we were in race conditions, the car was fantastic", said Jeremy, "It's been a great weekend so far and although I had to retire I'm feeling confident ahead of tomorrow's race. I made a really good start today and the aim is to obviously repeat that tomorrow.
"I know where on the track I can make up more time. Today in the race I locked up the front wheels quite a lot and then I found the flat-spot every lap, but I still managed to put in some good times which is very encouraging. It was a shame I locked up all four wheels at the hairpin as I knew the gravel trap was where I'd end up!"
He added: "In qualifying I was using the wrong gear in a couple of places which had an impact on our time but in the race I sorted that out and it worked really well. It would be good to lap as quickly tomorrow and if I can finish the race strongly I'll be really happy."
The second race of the weekend, round 18 of the championship, is expected to get underway at 11.35 tomorrow, Sunday, 2nd September, and will see eremy line-up in 10th position on the grid once again.