Sprint race A1 Team Great Britain, with Robbie Kerr at the wheel, was again in the thick of it in the Grand Prix of Nations. Starting from fifth he gained a place at the start and then had the car and skill to overtake Nelson Piquet Jnr in the...
A1 Team Great Britain, with Robbie Kerr at the wheel, was again in the thick of it in the Grand Prix of Nations. Starting from fifth he gained a place at the start and then had the car and skill to overtake Nelson Piquet Jnr in the Brazilian car. Then in third, he battled to defend from eight times winners France who had suffered a spin and lost where from fourth he suffered the same fate and had a spin which dropped him to ninth. The two points narrow the gap to New Zealand to only two points making a move up the championship table to fourth position possible in the Feature Race.
"I got a reasonable start but unfortunately I got a bit crowded out and Brazil cut back on me. I got up into fourth position and then overtook Brazil. We were slightly quicker than Ralph [Firman/Ireland] at the start. We got close to him when France caught us and were pushing very hard. In the end they got by using a big tow on the back straight. Then it was a case of keeping the car on the track. Unfortunately coming into turn five the rear locked up a little bit and then again on turn six which spun us out. Disappointing."
For A1 Team Great Britain it was the Feature Race that was by far the highlight of a weekend that had been by no means easy. Robbie Kerr made an excellent start and overtook to gain place after place over the opening laps. Having made it up to second position, behind Switzerland and Italy, a safety car was deployed and the team chose to make their mandatory pit stop. It was a good strategy choice and Robbie drove out of the pits ahead of Italy, only being behind Lebanon. It took less than a lap to get by and claim the lead on lap nine, a lead that was held for fifteen laps effectively half of the race. It was a challenge from France that was the British team's downfall just six laps before the end of the race. The British car was struggling with tyre wear while the French managed to keep their pace. Crossing the line in second, Robbie stood on the podium representing Great Britain for the fourth time in the series to date.
"It was a great start and the first few laps were fantastic -- we were overtaking absolutely everything. The car was really good at the start -- the team had made a decision to take a slight set-up risk and it worked. The team made a perfect call on the pit stop when the safety car was coming out and after overtaking Lebanon we were leading. Unfortunately the tyres as well as the first set and Nicholas [LaPierre/France] was pushing really hard. I wish I'd known he was using his push to pass button and I'd have done the same and tried to keep him behind me. It's great to be on the podium again and we're nearly there with getting a win we just need an opportunity."