Czech Feature points the highlight for A1 Team Great Britain Brno, Czech Republic (October 08, 2006) -- A1 Team Great Britain showed the best of British to overcome two engine changes and a qualifying penalty to record a pair of top-ten finishes...
Czech Feature points the highlight for A1 Team Great Britain
Brno, Czech Republic (October 08, 2006) -- A1 Team Great Britain showed the best of British to overcome two engine changes and a qualifying penalty to record a pair of top-ten finishes in Round 2 of the 2006-07 A1GP World Cup of Motorsport. Burbage's Robbie Kerr finished shy of the points with ninth in this morning's Sprint race but followed this up with a more encouraging Feature race performance where he brought the British entry home sixth to collect five more points to add to last weekend's double-score at the season-opener in Holland.
Sprint Race, 10 laps (Winner -- A1 Team Malaysia, Alex Yoong)
Hit with the disappointment of losing his fastest lap time in Saturday's qualifying session, a technical infringement dropping A1 Team GBR from the second to the fifth row of the grid for this morning's Sprint race, Kerr's hopes of a strong start quickly evaporated as he had to back off the throttle to avoid the repercussions of some start line carnage involving A1 Team Germany. With the momentum from the rolling start effectively gone Kerr toured in ninth throughout the 10-lap Sprint, taking the flag outside the points on his return to A1GP action.
Feature Race, 38 laps (Winner -- A1 Team Malaysia Alex Yoong)
Under A1GP's unique points-scoring system to determine the grid for the Feature race, allocating points according to teams' finishing position, qualifying position and lap times in the Sprint race, the driver with the lowest total taking pole, Robbie Kerr took the Feature start in seventh. Held up at the start as the 23-car field funnelled towards the first of Brno's 14-turns, Kerr held his start position through to his compulsory pit-stop at the end of lap 10. When the running order filtered through following everyone else's stops the British racer had gained a spot to sixth. A relatively quiet run for Kerr saw him gain on the Czech Republic, Mexico and Germany, fighting it out for third, towards the end of the race, Robbie eventually rounding out the top six after a frustrating weekend for the team.
A1 Team GBR Team Principal, John Surtees:
"I think we had more practice changing engines than tyres this weekend but Robbie did a good job to steer clear of trouble and keep A1 Team Great Britain in the points for the second straight Feature."
"I was pushed out a little at the start of the Feature race and held seventh before the pit stops. We were strong by the end of the race, the car was handling well and our pace was pretty good. Unfortunately we had a slight issue with something which remained throughout the race which we now have to take a look at for future races but overall I'm happy to have scored points given everything that's happened to us this weekend."
Round 3 of the 2006-07 A1GP World Cup of Motorsport takes place next month, Friday 17th -- Sunday 19th November, in Beijing, China.