Durban: Team Great Britain Friday report

Surtees cites Durban street circuit as a possible 'Monaco' while Kerr out to win Official Practice, Round 7; A1 Grand Prix of Nations, Durban, South Africa A1 Team Great Britain has arrived in South Africa for the second half of the A1 ...

Surtees cites Durban street circuit as a possible 'Monaco' while Kerr out to win

Official Practice, Round 7; A1 Grand Prix of Nations, Durban, South Africa

A1 Team Great Britain has arrived in South Africa for the second half of the A1 Grand Prix Series with victory very much in mind. Having been on the podium four times, three of which were for second place finishes, it's only a matter of time before A1Team.GBR takes a win. Robbie Kerr is once again driving for his country and as always is looking to move up the championship table. GBR currently lies fourth, 11 points behind Brazil, and with a possible maximum 21 points available over an event it's achievable. Durban is the first A1 Grand Prix street race, so with completely different characteristics, there could be many surprises over the next few days. The business community have welcomed the series as well as the motorsport community and the British Embassy held a function for local business dignitaries.

The business on the track got underway today with two official practice sessions. The rain subsided promising a drying track but then returned at the mid-point to give a mixed first session. Robbie Kerr was running in a new engine so the first few laps were taken with the usual routine that entails. From there he went out to work on set-up and on his tenth lap set a time that would not be bettered given the conditions that caused several red flags and that put him fourth at the end of the session. Session two was then fully wet so times were slower. The wet caused spins and more red flags and at its worst the rain more or less emptied the track as teams waited for conditions to improve. With twenty minutes to go Robbie went back out and made his way up the table to lie in the top three before getting caught in traffic as others made up time, slipping back to 11th. Robbie Kerr: "The track's in the middle of the city and it was great to see so many spectators. I haven't raced on a street circuit for a while so it's a case of taking it slowly. Today was a case of getting used to the bumps and tight turns and finding the places where you can really push. I'm happy that we've got a competitive car, there's a few things to look at to work on over the weekend, but as always I'm going out for a win this weekend." John Surtees: "I'm delighted that A1 has been greeted by Durban with such open arms and has embraced the unique business ethos that A1 brings. There are so many opportunities for Durban and I see no reason why it shouldn't become the next Monaco. With the superb Durban facilities, the government and business community support and the convenience of time zone proximity to Europe, it's gratifying to see A1 being the first motorsport to take advantage and reaching out and generating more business for South Africa and to see the participation of the British trade and industry contingent here in Durban."

-team great britain

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Series A1GP
Drivers Robbie Kerr , John Surtees