Brands Hatch: Team Great Britain qualifying report

Following three practice sessions, competition started in earnest this afternoon with the first qualifying session of the A1 Grand Prix series. Qualifying consists of four 15 minute sessions with a 10 minute break between each. Only one driver per...

Following three practice sessions, competition started in earnest this afternoon with the first qualifying session of the A1 Grand Prix series. Qualifying consists of four 15 minute sessions with a 10 minute break between each. Only one driver per A1 Team is allowed to take part in Qualifying but that driver must have completed at least three timed laps in an Official Practice session.

Each driver is limited to three laps - effectively one "flying lap" - per session and must record at least two times, an aggregate of which will determine that A1 Team's position on the grid for Sunday's Sprint race. The grid for the Feature race will be determined by the outcome of the Sprint race. A1 Team Great Britain finished a credible fifth with fierce competition from teams such as Brazil and France.

Traffic proved to be a deciding factor and it showed that there's a skill in the team decision as to when to make the attempted flying lap as well as driver skill on the track. Kerr managed to put in the fastest time in the second of the four sessions but the aggregate system meant that he takes his start for the sprint race on the third row of the grid.

Robbie Kerr
"The format's new and a bit unusual. It's getting a clear lap is the key to it. On our first lap we caught traffic. On the second we got a clear one. Third one we made a mistake and the last one we caught a bit more traffic. We can always improve to get more from the car so we've got a few things to work on and we'll be up there tomorrow. We've got a few things to work on and we'll be quicker. The support from the crowd's fantastic -- you can see the flags waving and the flashes of the cameras."

-team gbr-

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Series A1GP
Drivers Robbie Kerr