Dubai: Team Great Britain preview

A1 Team Great Britain drivers take to the water in Dubai 8th December 2005, A1 Grand Prix of Nations, Dubai, UAE -- Team Great Britain visited the Class One World Powerboat Championship in the run-up to round six of the Grand Prix of Nations...

A1 Team Great Britain drivers take to the water in Dubai

8th December 2005, A1 Grand Prix of Nations, Dubai, UAE -- Team Great Britain visited the Class One World Powerboat Championship in the run-up to round six of the Grand Prix of Nations held in Dubai as they prepared for their final and championship deciding races.

Katherine Legge is on duty testing while Robbie Kerr will be taking the when for the official practise sessions, qualifying and the race. Both drivers met the British Class One team -- Negotiator -- and were taken out for a trip on the water at speeds of up to 140 mph on the course in front of the picturesque Burj Al Arab seven star hotel.

As far as the racing goes, the usual preparations took place today with Robbie and Katherine walking the track with their engineers to work out the best initial set-up for tomorrows practice sessions. After a podium and a non-finish the team needs to gain four points more than New Zealand to move up to fourth in the championship and is aiming to be back on the podium following the third place in the Sprint race in Malaysia three weeks ago.

Robbie Kerr: "The ride in the powerboat yesterday was completely different to racing a car, a great experience and I'd love to do it again. It's completely different -- obviously on water and completely different handling -- something else to get used to and I really enjoyed myself. I've done a few laps of the Dubai circuit before but the surface has changed so hopefully there's a bit more grip but really I'm just looking forward to the weekend -- it should be good. I'm aiming to win as always but we'll just have to wait and see -- I'm sure we'll get on the podium but it's not going to be easy by any means -- there's a few places to overtake but it will be tough."

Katherine Legge: "Being in Dubai has been a great experience so far -- I never expected to be getting a drive in a powerboat -- I thought I was here to drive a car! I've had my seat fitting today and walked the track so I'm ready for the practices tomorrow and really looking forward to driving. It's a real privilege to be driving for Great Britain -- and to be the first ever female at the wheel of an A1 car."

Round six of the A1 Grand Prix series takes place at Dubai Autodrome, Dubai, UAE, 8th, 9th & 10th December.

-www.a1teamgbr.com

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Series A1GP
Drivers Robbie Kerr , Katherine Legge