Kerr encouraged by Indonesian front-row Sprint start
Saturday 09 December, 2006 -- Robbie Kerr came close to capturing his second straight Indonesian A1GP pole for A1 Team Great Britain at the Sentul International Circuit on Saturday but in the end the former F3 Champion was forced to settle for a still highly respectable second place on the front-row for Sunday's Sprint race, Round 5 of the 2006-07 A1GP World Cup of Motorsport.
Having traded fastest lap times on Friday with A1 Team France, Saturday's qualifying session proved to be no less exciting for the British team as they seek to score their first A1GP victory at the 2.56-mile Sentul circuit. The ultra-consistent Kerr, who set the fastest lap time of the second timed segment in qualifying, lost out on pole to New Zealand's Jonny Reid by a mere 3/100ths of a second, recording an aggregate lap time from his two fastest runs of 2m33.276 to Reid's 2m33.242.
Kerr saved his best till last, posting a hot lap of 1m16.514s in the fourth and final outing of the day to pair together with his second sector time of 1m16.762s. It was a case of what might have been for the British team however as Kerr was set to record a faster fourth lap time until he clipped the curb, running onto the grass briefly exiting the third turn. None-the-less Robbie's performance secured a second consecutive front-row start for A1 Team Great Britain in Indonesia with his pace and consistency boding well for Sunday's Sprint and Feature events.
Commenting after another eventful day in Indonesia Kerr reflected, "I'm disappointed not to be on pole, my slight error on the last run cost us the top slot. I was running well but hit the power a little too early exiting Turn 3 and caught the curb. That said I don't want to take anything away from Jonny Reid, he did a great job to take pole! We should be strong for tomorrow's races, the car is on the pace, we're on the front-row and I want that first win!"
The results from Sunday morning's 20-minute Sprint race determine the grid for the 70-minute Feature race in the afternoon with points awarded from first to sixth in the Sprint and from first to tenth in the Feature.
Heading into Sunday's races A1 Team Great Britain sits second overall to A1 Team Germany in the 2006-07 A1GP Nations Standings after four rounds (37-31), the British team currently the only nation to have scored points in every Feature race of the season.
Sunday's Sprint race starts at 11am at Sentul (4am GMT) with the Feature starting at 2:30pm local time (7:30am GMT), the Feature moved forward 30 minutes in an attempt to avoid the afternoon rains. Sky Sports 3 will broadcast all the action from Indonesia on Sunday 10th December -- please check www.skysports.com for further details.